Oregon: ELL Resources

As of the 2012-13 school year, Oregon's schools were home to more than 56,500 English language learners (ELLs), which marks a 8% increase from the 2002-2003 school year (Migration Policy Institute, 2015). Currently, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Oregon are Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Somali.

State ELL Resources

State Agency: Oregon Department of Education

ELL Website: Limited English and Immigrant — Title III Information

ELP Standards & Assessment

ELP Standards: ELPA21

ELP Assessment: Oregon's ELPA21 Website

Statewide Standards-Based Assessment

Assessment: Oregon Assessment Website

Additional Information

NCELA: Title III Information

Common Core State Standards: Yes

ESSA: Oregon ESSA State Plan


Statewide Organizations

AFT Oregon

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

Multicultural Resource Directory from the Oregon Department of Education

This is a downloadable file that lists many wonderful multicultural websites focusing on different ethnic groups, professional and student organizations, and multimedia resources.

Oregon Education Association

Oregon 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.

FACT Oregon

Formed in 2002, FACT Oregon is a family leadership organization for individuals and their families experiencing disabilities, working collaboratively to facilitate positive change in policies, systems, and attitudes, through family support, advocacy, and partnerships.

Oregon TESOL

ORTESOL is an affiliate of TESOL serving teachers, administrators, researchers, and students of the ESL profession in the state of Oregon.


Oregon: Seal of Biliteracy

Oregon adopted the Seal of Biliteracy in 2016. 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. Oregon Rate of EL Growth (1997/98-2007/08). Compiled July 2010 and retrieved from http://www.ncela.gwu.edu/t3sis/state/oregon/.