The National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition’s (NCELA’s) newly upgraded website (ncela.ed.gov) featuring national statistics on English learners (ELs). One of the major innovations on the new website is the Title III State Profile section, which presents up-to-date state data on ELs. Each state profile page—based on the most recent data available—presents information on state EL demographics (total ELs, former ELs, ELs served by Title III, graduation rates, etc.), EL performance, and Title III funding, as well as key contacts and resources.
In addition to the Title III State Profiles, the new website also offers:
- Highlighted resources, such as the newly released English Learner Tool Kit
- Fast Facts, two-page topical briefs with key national EL data, Demographics, grad rates, etc.
- A Resource Library of 20,000+ items
- Links at ED.gov; government and nonprofit organizations
- Materials on OELA’s National Professional Development and the Native American and Alaska Native Children in School grant programs
MISSION AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The mission of the Office of English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students (OELA) is to provide national leadership to help ensure that English learners and immigrant students attain English proficiency and achieve academically.
The Office identifies major issues affecting the education of English learners and assists and supports state and local systemic reform efforts to improve the achievement of English learners.
The Assistant Deputy Secretary and Director of OELA serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary on Departmental matters related to the education of English learners.
Under Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, as amended the Office is responsible for:
- Administering discretionary grant programs that (1) help English learners develop proficiency in English and meet high standards for academic achievement and (2) help teachers and other educational personnel meet high professional qualifications to better serve English learners;
- Supporting research and evaluation studies to inform policy and technical assistance; and
- Disseminating information about language instruction educational programs to meet the needs of English learners.