Ohio: ELL Resources
As of the 2012-13 school year, Ohio's schools were home to more than 45,000 English language learners (ELLs), which marks a 77% increase from the 2002-2003 school year (Migration Policy Institute, 2015). Currently, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Ohio are Spanish, Somali, Arabic, Chinese, and Japanese.
State ELL Resources
State Agency: Ohio Department of Education
- Limited English Proficient (LEP) Students
- Lau Resource Center at the Ohio Department of Education
- Guidance for Ohio Schools Serving Puerto Rican Students Displaced by Storms (2017)
The following documents offer additional information about ELL identification:
ELP Standards: ELPA21
School districts have the flexibility to decide on the education approach that best meets the needs of their LEP students and leads to the timely acquisition of the level of English proficiency the students need to succeed in school. The following document includes a brief description of federal law describing districts' responsibilities for selecting programs as well as an overview of different approaches used in Ohio:
Assessment Information: Ohio Testing Resources
ELL Accommodations: Accommodations on State Assessments
NCELA: Title III Information
Common Core State Standards: Yes
ESSA: Ohio ESSA State Plan
Ohio Education Association is a National Education Association State Affiliate that regularly lobbies legislators for the resources schools need, campaigns for higher professional standards for the teaching profession, and files legal actions to protect academic freedom and the rights of school employees.
AFT Ohio is the State Affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers.
The Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD) is a statewide nonprofit organization that serves families of infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities in Ohio, educators and agencies who provide services to them.
Ohio TESOL supports Ohio teachers of English to speakers of other languages.
Ohio adopted the Seal of Biliteracy in 2017. The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by a school, district, or state in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation.
Ruiz Soto, Ariel G., Sarah Hooker, and Jeanne Batalova. 2015. States and Districts with the Highest Number and Share of English Language Learners. Washington, DC: Migration Policy Institute. http://www.migrationpolicy.org/research/states-and-districts-highest-number-and-share-english-language-learners
Ruiz Soto, Ariel G., Sarah Hooker, and Jeanne Batalova. 2015. Top Languages Spoken by English Language Learners Nationally and by State. Washington, DC: Migration Policy Institute. http://www.migrationpolicy.org/research/number-and-growth-students-us-schools-need-english-instruction-2009
Office of English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students. Ohio Rate of EL Growth (1997/98-2007/08). Compiled July 2010 and retrieved from http://www.ncela.gwu.edu/t3sis/state/ohio/.