Oklahoma: ELL Resources

As of the 2012-13 school year, Oklahoma's schools were home to more than 43,500 English language learners (ELLs), which marks a 9% increase from the 2002-2003 school year (Migration Policy Institute, 2015). Currently, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Oklahoma are Spanish, Cherokee, Vietnamese, Hmong, and Chinese.

Oklahoma is a member of WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment), joining in 2006. WIDA is a consortium of states dedicated to the design and implementation of high standards and equitable educational opportunities for English language learners which offers states programming for identifying and annually assessing the English language development of its English learners.

State ELL Resources

State Agency: Oklahoma State Department of Education

ELL Website: Title III Web Site

Migrant Education: Migrant Education Program

ELP Standards & Assessment

ELP Standards: WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards

ELP Assessment: WIDA-ACCESS for ELLs

Statewide Standards-Based Assessment

Assessment: Oklahoma School Testing Program

Additional Information

NCELA: Title III Information

WIDA: Oklahoma Contact Information

Common Core State Standards: Yes

ESSA: Oklahoma ESSA State Plan

Statewide Organizations


AFT Oklahoma is the State Affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers.

Oklahoma Education Association

Oklahoma 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.

Oklahoma Parents Center

The Oklahoma Parents Center (OPC) provides services to Oklahoma families of children with disabilities, their teachers and other professionals.


Oklahoma Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Language is a professional association that offers opportunities to develop increased expertise to its members and others working toward the goal of teaching English to speakers of other languages and to nurture effective communication in Oklahoma's multicultural settings while respecting individual language rights.

Oklahoma: Seal of Biliteracy

Oklahoma is in the early stages of the Seal of Biliteracy and pilot programs have been launched in local school districts, such as Oklahoma City.  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. Oklahoma of EL Growth (1997/98-2007/08). Compiled July 2010 and retrieved from http://www.ncela.gwu.edu/t3sis/state/oklahoma/.