The U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, provides guidelines regarding school districts’ legal obligation to language minority students. Following is a summary of these guidelines and additional resources.
First, school districts must identify all students whose first or home language is other than English. Then districts need to assess these students to decide if they are limited English proficient (LEP) and need special language help to be successful in the district's academic programs.
Districts must then provide the special language service programs and education approaches that best meets the needs of their LEP students.
To learn more about meeting the needs of limited English proficient students, click on the links below and look for information of interest at the bottom of each page.
- For Identification and Assessment Guidelines and for Developing Programs, click here.
- For English Language Proficiency Standards, click here.
For more information about services for LEP students in Ohio’s elementary and secondary schools, please contact:
Lau Resource Center
Office of Curriculum and Instruction
Center for Curriculum and Assessment
Ohio Department of Education
25 South Front Street, 5th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-4183
Toll-free: (877) 644-6338