As of the 2016-2017 school year, Ohio’s schools were home to more than 56,500 English language learners. As of the 2014-2015 school year, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Ohio were Spanish, Somali, Arabic, Chinese, and German. (U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics)
State ELL Resources
State Agency: Ohio Department of Education
The following documents offer additional information about ELL identification:
Guidelines for Identifying Eanglish Learners
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:
Characteristics of Programs Serving EL Students 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
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.
Ohio Federation of Teachers
AFT Ohio is the State Affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers.
Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities
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: Seal of Biliteracy
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.