Oklahoma: ELL Resources

Map of Oklahoma

As of the 2016-2017 school year, Oklahoma’s schools were home to more than 46,000 English language learners. As of the 2014-2015 school year, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Oklahoma were Spanish, Vietnamese, Cherokee, Burmese, and Hmong. (U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics)

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.

Research and Reports

Note: Regulations change with time. These guidelines were compiled in January of 2012 and updated in January 2020. 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:


National Center for Education Statistics. (2018.) English language learner (ELL) students enrolled in public elementary and secondary schools, by state: Selected years, fall 2000 through fall 2016. 

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