I am a parent of an English language learner. Where can I find more information about special programming at my child’s school?

 Parents should work with their district’s teachers and administration responsible for oversight of their English language learner (ELL) programming. Parents of English Language Learners/Multilingual Learners should begin by reviewing our ELL/ML Parent Bill of Rights or contacting the ELL/ML Parent Hotline.


Additional ELL/ML parent resources are available along with parent guides, helpful links for parents and families and a Parent Orientation Video.


The U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Right Division provides a free Parent Fact Sheet to answer common questions about the rights of parents and guardians who do not speak, listen, read, or write English proficiently because it is not their primary language.


The Every Student Succeeds Act includes provisions and resources geared towards helping states support all student populations, including English Learners.


  • The U.S. Department of Education's Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) provides leadership to help ensure that English Learners and immigrant students attain English proficiency and achieve academic success.
  • The National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition (NCELA) collects, analyzes, synthesizes, and disseminates information about language instruction education programs for English language learners and related programs.
  • Anti-discrimination: Laws enforced by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) requires public schools to take steps to ensure that English Language Learners (ELLs) can meaningfully participate in educational programs and services and to communicate information to parents in a language they can understand. OCR offers ELL Resources for students, parents, and education officials.