Ohio schools currently serve over 80,000 students who are English learners. Spanish is the home or primary language of approximately one-third of the state's English learners. Somali, Arabic, Swahili, Chinese, Japanese, Nepali, Pennsylvania Dutch, French, Turkish, and over 90 other languages are also spoken by Ohio's English learners.

Federal law requires Ohio schools to identify English learners, assess their English language proficiency, provide reasonable accommodations, monitor their academic progress, and implement accountability systems.

For more information on Ohio’s diversity, see this link of English learners mapped and click
on the links below for additional resources. 

The Ohio Department of Education and Workforce convenes a collaborative group with a shared goal of improving educational programs for English learners. For more information, visit the Ohio English Learner Advisory Committee webpage.