Number and Share of English Language Learners by State

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Number and Share of English Language Learners by State

This map and ranked bar chart display the number of English Language Learners (ELLs) enrolled in a pre-kindergarten through 12th grade class, their share of the student population, and the number and share of children in immigrant families. Use the menu to rank states by one of these indicators or hover over a state to display all data.

Notes: 

1) Refers to children who reside with at least one immigrant parent. The term "immigrants" (or "foreign born") refers to people residing in the United States who were not U.S. citizens at birth. This population includes naturalized citizens, lawful permanent residents (LPRs), certain legal nonimmigrants (e.g., persons on student or work visas), those admitted under refugee or asylee status, and persons illegally residing in the United States. Immigrant families are defined as families with at least one immigrant parent.

2) The U.S. Department of Education defines English Language Learners (ELLs) as follows: "A [Limited English Proficient] student, or English language learner (ELL) is defined as an individual who was not born in the United States or whose native language is a language other than English; or who comes from an environment where a language other than English is dominant; or who is an American Indian or Alaska Native and who comes from an environment where a language other than English has had a significant impact on his or her level of English language proficiency. States utilize the results of a "screener"/placement English language proficiency assessment to identify a child as LEP/ELL and to place him/her in a language instruction educational program."

Source: 

Migration Policy Institute tabulation of data from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2012 American Community Survey (for data on children in immigrant families) and the U.S. Department of Education (for ELL data). EDFacts/Consolidated State Performance Report, 2010-11: http://www2.ed.gov/admins/lead/account/consolidated/index.html. Data on the number of all students enrolled in public schools are from U.S. Department of Education, Common Core of Data, tabulated from Build a Table tool, 9/11/2012: http://www.nces.ed.gov/ccd/.