English learners are a growing part of the PreK–12 student population. Ohio is now home to approximately 60,000 English learner 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, 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.