National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition (NCELA)

The U.S. Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) has awarded the contract for the National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition (NCELA) to Leed Management Consulting, Inc. (LMCi). CAL is pleased to be a partner, along with Synergy Enterprises, Inc. (SEI), to provide support to different stakeholders involved in the education of English Learners (ELs).

NCELA serves as the primary vehicle for OELA to collect, analyze, synthesize and disseminate high-quality information using a variety of mechanisms, including a dedicated website. The NCELA staff is working with OELA, the Offices of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE), and the U.S. Department of Education to redesign the NCELA website to offer enhanced functionality, accurate and updated data, practical and useful resources for the EL education community, and additional features that ensure an efficient and productive user experience.

Visit the NCELA website to learn more.

Additional dissemination mechanisms include face-to-face meetings, written products, webinars, and other electronic media. The information focuses on language instruction educational programs for ELs, educational research and processes to improve educational outcomes for ELs, and EL-related accountability systems focusing on academic content knowledge and English language proficiency.

NCELA issues biennial reports to Congress on the implementation of the Title III State Formula Grant Program of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) – also known as the English Language Acquisition State Grants Program. This report analyzes and provides information reported by states to the Department of Education regarding the extent to which ELs attain English proficiency and their progress in achieving reading or language arts and mathematics standards established by the states for all students.

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Contact the NCELA team
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