Ohio English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards

The Ohio English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards are a resource for teachers and other school staff who work with English learner students in kindergarten through grade 12.  The standards define progressive levels of competence in the acquisition of English and help teachers move EL students toward proficiency both in the English language and in Ohio’s academic content standards. The ELP standards apply to all English learners in the schools served by the Ohio Department of Education. 

The 10 standards highlight a set of language functions and forms that are needed by English learners as they develop competence in English language arts and literacy, mathematics, science, and other academic content areas.  Along with the Ohio English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA), the standards should guide the instruction and assessment of English Learners (ELs) in Ohio schools.  Divided into grades K, 1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, and 9-12, the standards directly link to the Ohio Learning Standards.  They highlight and amplify the critical language, knowledge about language and skills using language that are needed to be successful in school.

Ohio's ELP Standards

Instructional Guide and Resources for English Learners (Updated December 2015)

The purpose of the Instructional Guide and Resources for English Learners is to serve as a resource to school district personnel in the use of the new English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards to inform instruction and support ELLs in their development of English language communication skills needed for success in school.

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