English Learners Strategic Action Five-Year Plan


The Office of English Learners (OEL) has partnered with a team from American Institutes for Research (AIR)’s Center for English Learners  to develop, implement, and then monitor a five-year English Learner (EL) strategic action plan. This project is designed to support the work of OEL to improve educational experiences and outcomes of ELs. The project builds on prior division activities like the 2019 QTEL evaluation and APS’s response to the 2019 Department of Justice Settlement Agreement.  View the study overview for a description of the project details and goals.

The team from AIR began collecting data this past fall to better understand how ELs are being served in APS.  The data collected were used to craft a plan to improve the school division’s capacity to deliver EL services over the next five years.

Strategic Action Plan Goals

Final English Learner Strategic Action Plan will be posted here in June.

Draft Strategic Action Plan: English |  SpanishAmharicArabicMongolian

June 1 Update: The English Learner Strategic Action Plan is available online to review. Please use the following link to view the plan: https://aps2016.apsva.us/engage/draft-strategic-action-five-year-plan/.

The webpage page is available in multiple languages by changing the language at the top of the webpage. The report is currently in the process of being translated and will be available as a PDF in multiple languages soon. 

Community Engagement

Draft Strategic Plan Feedback – February 13 – March 7, 2023
Arlington community members reviewed the Draft Strategic Action Plan and provided feedback between February 13 – March 7, 2023.
Feedback Forms: English  | SpanishAmharicArabic |Mongolian

A webinar was hosted on Feb. 15, 2023 to provide an overview and background on the development process for the English Learner Five-Year Strategic Action Plan.

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Timeline and Next Steps

  • Feb. 13, 2023: The Draft English Learner Five-Year Plan is posted online for review and public comment. The community can provide public comment until Tue, March 7, 2023.
  • March 7, 2023: Deadline to provide feedback on the Draft English Learner Five-Year Strategic Action Plan (extended from Feb. 28)
  • May 2023: AIR hosts workshops with APS staff to discuss and plan for implementation
  • June 2023: Final version of the English Learner Five-Year Strategic Action Plan to be posted publicly

Implementation Phase

  • June 2023 – July 2027:
    • Staff and community members will actively engage in implementation of strategic plan recommendations
    • OEL and AIR will meet monthly to monitor and discuss implementation progress, challenges, and next steps
    • Twice per year, AIR will collect and analyze data and share findings on implementation progress via public communication memos

For additional information or questions, please contact the Office of English Learners at 703-228-6095 or engage@apsva.us.