Oregon: ELL Resources

Map of Oregon

As of the 2016-2017 school year, Oregon’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 Oregon were Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Arabic. (U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics)

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.

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.