English Learner Education
The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) ensures educational equity and access for English learners (ELs) through high-quality language instruction. We support local educational agencies (LEAs) as they develop, implement and evaluate research-based language instruction education programs for English learners to attain English proficiency and achieve state academic content standards. We facilitate academic excellence for English learners by promoting professional development, providing technical assistance, administering state and federal language education programs, and establishing measures of accountability.
Minnesota Standardized English Learner Procedures
The following procedures must be used by all districts and charter schools in the identification, entrance and exit of English learners.
- Identification, Entrance and Exit Overview Flowchart
- English Learner Identification
- English Language Development Program Entrance and Continuing English Learner Eligibility
- English Learner Exit
Minnesota Bilingual and Multilingual Seals and World Language Proficiency Certificates
Minnesota districts and charter schools may award Minnesota bilingual and multilingual seals and world language proficiency certificates to certain high school students upon their graduation. These students are in grades 10, 11 or 12 and demonstrate the required levels of language proficiency on languages other than English, including American Sign Language (ASL) and American Indian (indigenous) languages. Minnesota State (formerly MnSCU) will award college credit to enrolling students with bilingual and multilingual seals and world language proficiency certificates. Students must request college credit within three academic years of graduation from high school and upon enrollment in a Minnesota State college or university.
A Parent or Guardian's Guide to School - 4/22/19
The handbook describes and explains the public school system in Minnesota and the role families can play in their child’s education. It is a practical guide to help parents or guardians understand their student’s rights as well as the opportunities and resources available to the families and students. Note: The section on Immunizations has been updated to include exemption information.
English Learners in Minnesota Report - 3/27/19
Please note that this document has been updated to correct an error on the top of page 2.
Form to Request World Language Proficiency Certificates and Seals - 3/6/19
Assessments for Bilingual and Multilingual Seals and World Language Proficiency Certificates - 10/17/18
Guidance on the aligned assessments you can use to demonstrate world language proficiency for issuing bilingual and multilingual seals and world language certificates.
Minnesota English Learner Funding - 8/20/18
This chapter outlines relevant laws, policies and procedures related to state and federal funding sources which support quality programming and services for English learners.
English Language Proficiency Definition - 5/25/18
Recently Arrived English Learners - 12/21/17
ACCESS 2.0 and EL Proficiency FAQ - 5/10/17
Minnesota Language Education Delivery Frameworks - 6/9/16