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State of Oregon Language Use Survey

Purpose of the Language Use Survey

The purpose of the Language Use Survey is to help the school determine if your child qualifies for additional Title III supports in language instruction for English learners.

The State of Oregon honors the language and culture of its people and respects the over 166 languages in our schools, and recognizes that:

  • Language is a key component of each person’s cultural identity,
  • Heritage and primary languages are instrumental in student academic and cultural success, and
  • Students who are multilingual/multicultural may have an advantage over students with a single language and are valued in career placements.


The Oregon Department of Education is grateful for the input from tribal representatives and other stakeholders representing the geographic diversity of the state in the development of the Bridge Language Use Survey. We wish to acknowledge the insight provided at the Government-to-Government Tribal Education Cluster, the American Indian / Alaska Native Advisory Committee, the multiple school district leaders who kindly gave of their expertise and time in this review, the over 200 survey responses sent during the development of the Bridge Language Use Survey, and the various internal offices that were a part of this effort.

Language Use Survey Forms

The 2020-21 Language Use Survey is under development. Until the 2020-21 version is finalized, districts may choose from either the Legacy Language Use Survey or the Bridge Language Use Survey.

For more information on this topic email Susy Mekarski or Kim Miller, or call (503) 947-8548.