What’s New


September 28th, 2017

English Language Proficiency Standards Public Review

The Office of English Language Acquisition Services (OELAS) will review the English Language Proficiency Standards Review (ELPS) and update them to align to the English Language Arts Standards. Community input on the current ELP Standards is appreciated and will be considered during the review process.

The Arizona Department of Education is fully committed to continuous review of our academic standards. Under the leadership of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Diane Douglas, we are entering a new era of standards creation and revision. Rather than the typical seven year wait, we intend to constantly monitor all academic standards so that implementation concerns, whether they be related to standards, curriculum, or instruction, can be handled in a more immediate fashion. The form below represents an opportunity for Arizonans to provide on-going input and feedback. Please complete the form in its entirety.

Click here to access the English Language Proficiency Standards.

ELPS Public Review

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September 6th, 2017

ELP Standards Review Committee

The English Language Proficiency Standards will be reviewed and updated this year, and we are looking for interested participants to serve on the revision committee. The committee will meet monthly from October through May to complete this work. Those interested are invited to complete the application and submit it to OELASPD@azed.gov prior to October 6, 2017.

English Language Proficiency Standards Review Committee Application

For further information, contact Lin Murnane at lin.murnane@azed.gov, or 602-542-1132.

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July 12th, 2017

OELAS Conference 2017 – Save the Date

The 2017 OELAS Conference, Opening Doors through Language, will be held from December 6-8, 2017 in Tucson, Arizona.
Registration opens August 17, 2017. For more information, visit our OELAS Conference website.

The OELAS Conference is sponsored by the Office of English Language Acquisition Services unit of the Arizona Department of Education. This conference will provide meaningful professional development opportunities for educators of ELs, designed to help meet the unique challenges faced in the Structured English Immersion or mainstream classroom. There will also be sessions geared toward administrators who support, coach, guide, and assess within an English language acquisition program in the state of Arizona. Sessions will be presented by both national and local experts, and participants will gain information and skills that can be put to practical use.

Save the date notice for OELAS conference

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June 19th, 2017

FY18 Title III Funding Updates

In preparation for planning FY 2018 Title III programs, the Office of English Language Acquisition Services (OELAS) would like to inform you of some procedural and deadline changes which will impact FY 2018 federal grant funds administered by our office. Guidance was recently released by the Arizona Department of Education which addressed federal regulations for substantial approval, pre-award costs, and obligation of grant funds. OELAS followed up that guidance with an FAQ document to clarify questions LEAs may have had. In order to assist LEAs with meeting these regulations, Title III funds, including Emergency Immigrant Education Program funds, will be made available as soon as possible after the Federal award announcement. OELAS anticipates opening FY 2018 Title III applications mid to late July. The submission deadline for FY 2018 Title III and Emergency Immigrant Education Program Original Applications has changed to October 1, 2017.

For more information including application deadlines and descriptions of how the Integrated Action Plan impacts Title III applications, please see the following documents. They are also located on the Title III page under Title III Funding Guidance.

Substantial Approval Pre-Award Cost Memo from ADE Grants Management

Letter Sent From OELAS Regarding Title III Substantial Approval and Pre-Award Costs

FAQs Regarding Title III Substantial Approval and Pre-Award Costs

For questions regarding fiscal grant requirements, allocations, and application submissions, please contact Mary Ricci-Marriott, Title III Fiscal Specialist. For assistance with Integrated Action Plans and programmatic questions related to your FY 2108 application, please contact the Education Program Specialist assigned to your region. See our contact page for further details.

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April 28th, 2017

New Website Design

Welcome to the new OELAS website. As you can see, our site has changed significantly. If you have having trouble locating a page, please visit our Site Map under the About OELAS menu.

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