Thank you for visiting the Office of English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students homepage.
PLEASE NOTE: OELA awarded a new contractor for the National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition (NCELA) in September of 2013.
The NCELA website can be accessed via a temporary domain name until we receive our new ED.gov domain name. The new temporary url to access the NCELA website is http://www.ncela.us. The new toll free number to obtain resources or make technical assistance inquiries to NCELA is: 1-866-347-6864.
Our goal is to implement enhancements to the NCELA website gradually, while still providing access to all of the resources. Please bear with us during this transition period. For specific information on the contractor OELA awarded, please use the temporary url address noted above.
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.