Ohio: ELL Resources

Map of Ohio

As of 2019, Ohio’s schools were home to more than 60,000 English language learners. In recent years, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Ohio have been Spanish, Somali, Arabic, Chinese, and German. (U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics)

Note: For additional state-by-state data and information, see New America's English Learner Accountability Hub.


State ELL Resources

ELL Websites:

NCELA: Title III Information


Statewide Organizations

Ohio TESOL

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.

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.

Note: Regulations change with time. These guidelines were compiled in January of 2012 and updated in May 2022. If you see something that needs updating, please send an e-mail to Colorín Colorado. For more detailed information regarding ELL guidelines and policies at the state and federal levels, please see the following:

References

U.S. Department of Education. Our Nation’s English Learners. Most Common Non-English Languages Spoken by English Learners.