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The U.S. Department of Education's Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) provides national leadership to help ensure that English Learners and immigrant students attain English proficiency and achieve academic success. In addition to preserving heritage languages and cultures, OELA is committed to prompting opportunities for biliteracy or multiliteracy skills for all students. OELA accomplishes this in the following ways:

  • Providing national leadership by informing policy decisions
  • Administering discretionary grant programs to prepare professionals for teaching and supporting English Learners
  • Investing in research and evaluation studies that have practical applications for preparing English Learners to meet college and career learning standards
  • Disseminating information about educational research, practices, and policies for English Learners through our National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition (NCELA)

Last Modified: 10/14/2016