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State of Oregon Language Use Survey

IMPORTANT UPDATE:

The Oregon Language Use Survey will be Oregon’s official, singular Language Use Survey starting on January 1, 2023.

The Bridge and Legacy Language Use Survey versions will retire and no longer be in use when the Oregon Language Use Survey becomes active on January 1, 2023.

The Oregon Language Use Survey will be translated into the following languages: Arabic, Dari, Mandarin, Chuukese, French, Hmong, Japanese, Karen, Korean, Marshallese, Pashto, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Maay Maay, Tagalog, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.

If you have questions or comments about the Oregon Language Use Survey, please share them with the Multilingual and Migrant Education Team via the Oregon LUS digital suggestion box.

Purpose of the Language Use Survey

The purpose of the Language Use Survey is to help the school determine if students should be screened for English language proficiency. Screening results determine if students are designated as English learners, and provided with English language development services.

Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), from the United States Department of Education, focuses on supports for English learners and immigrant students. The Oregon Department of Education’s implementation of Title III, must include a standardized statewide procedure for how a student enters and exits Federally defined English learner status. The Oregon Language Use Survey is part of the entry process, as it determines which students will be screened for English language proficiency via the English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) screener. The ELPA screener determines English learner program designations and proficiency levels.

The State of Oregon honors the languages and cultures of its people and encourages the revitalization and preservation of Indigenous languages and multilingualism.

Acknowledgements

The Oregon Department of Education is grateful for the input, wisdom and insight from the following groups engaged in the 2022 revision process:

  • Government-to-Government Tribal Education Cluster
  • American Indian / Alaska Native Advisory Committee
  • English Learner Advisory Committee
  • Title IC/Migrant Statewide Parent Advisory Council
  • Multiple district personnel
  • ODE/District Data Collection Committee
  • ODE Data Collection Committee
  • ODE staff members from multiple offices

Language Use Survey Forms

The Oregon Language Use Survey (see top of this webpage) will become active on January 1, 2023. Until then, 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.