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English Learner Tool Kit

English Learner Tool Kit Updated with ESSA references. OELA’s EL Tool Kit was published in 2015 as a companion to support the 2015 Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) produced by the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, and the Department of Justice, outlining legal obligations for ELs. Some chapters of the tool kit have been updated related to the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA).

The English Learner Tool Kit helps state and local education agencies help English Learners (ELs) by fulfilling these obligations.

The Toolkit has 10 chapters (one for each section of the DCL), and contains an overview, sample tools, and resources.

New Download the entire English Learner Tool Kit (PDF, 9MB)



  1. Identifying All English Learner Students (PDF, 1.5MB)

  2. Providing English Learners with a Language Assistance Program (PDF, 800KB)

  3. Staffing and Supporting an EL Program (PDF, 921KB)

  4. Meaningful Access to Core Curricular, Extra Curricular Programs (PDF, 1.75MB)

  5. Creating an Inclusive Environment and Avoiding Unnecessary Segregation (PDF, 910KB)

  6. Addressing English Learners with Disabilities (PDF, 1.27MB)

  7. Serving English Learners who Opt-Out of EL Programs (PDF, 386KB)

  8. Monitoring and Exiting English Learners from EL Programs and Services (PDF, 1.23MB)

  9. Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Districts EL Program (PDF, 907KB)

  10. Ensuring Meaningful Communication with Limited English Proficient Parents (PDF, 1.26MB)

To request the tool kit in an alternate format as a reasonable accommodation, i.e. Braille, large print, CD Rom or audio, please contact Melissa Escalante by phone, 202-401-1407 or via email at:

Last Modified: 01/24/2018