English learners are a growing part of the PreK–12 student population. Over the last ten years, Ohio’s percentage of EL students has doubled to approximately 60,000 students. Spanish is the home language of almost 40% of Ohio’s English learners along with 90 other home languages. These language skills include Somali, Arabic, Swahili, Chinese, Japanese, Nepali, Pennsylvania Dutch (a dialect of German used by the Amish), French and Turkish.

Under the Every Student Succeeds Act, Ohio must identify English learners, annually assess their English language proficiency, provide reasonable accommodations for them on state assessments, and implement accountability systems that include long-term goals and measures of progress.

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 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.