The Office of English Language Acquisition Services (OELAS), as a critical partner invested in the success of English learners, Migrant students, and Foster and Homeless youth, uses expertise and the cumulative experience of the practitioners in Arizona to guide LEAs, teachers, and families in effective ways to support high student achievement. OELAS operates under the Arizona Department of Education mission and vision:
- Mission: The Arizona Department of Education advances equity and excellence for all students by serving school leaders, educators and staff, collaborating with communities, and leading with data-driven best practices.
- Vision: Equity for all students to achieve their full potential
OELAS is a program area of Unique Populations. Unique Populations includes two program areas: OELAS and Migrant Education.
English Learner Coordinators
As you are preparing for the coming school year, please be sure to let us know of any changes to your LEA's point of contact.
It is important for OELAS to have the most up-to-date contact information for the staff member responsible for (or overseeing) EL programs and services at the LEA level. This form is to be completed by EL Coordinators only; it is not intended as a general email listserv.
EL Coordinator – LEA Point of Contact Form
High School Credit for Integrated and Targeted ELD (August 2022)*
*Please note that OELAS’ Guidance to the Field | High School Credit for Integrated and Targeted ELD does not take effect this school year. OELAS will continue working with the academic standards division, the State Board of Education, school leaders, and education stakeholders to provide support and assistance before implementation in a future school year.
OELAS Town Hall Presentation, 8.17.2022
Digital Forms and Electronic Signatures (July 2022)
Seal of Biliteracy - English learners have a unique opportunity to promote their biliteracy in their heritage language and English with the Arizona Seal of Biliteracy. The Seal of Biliteracy program recognizes high school students who achieve proficiency in English and at least one additional language. The seal is placed on the student’s diploma and noted on their transcript. For more information, please visit the Seal of Biliteracy webpage.