ELLs factsheet

ELLs factsheet - Factsheet Who are English Language...

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Factsheet Who are English Language Learners? English language learners (ELLs) are a diverse group of children, but they all face a formidable challenge. Arriving in American schools with little or no English, ELLs must master academic subjects and a new language at the same time, while struggling to keep pace with English-proficient students. Their unique needs also create challenges for schools in designing and funding programs that work for these students. ELLs represent a substantial and growing sector of our school population – currently one in nine U.S. students in grades K- 12. Largely because of immigration and higher birthrates in language-minority communities, their enrollments have more than doubled since the early 1990s. At current rates of growth, ELLs will account for one of every four U.S. students by 2025, according to the U.S. Department of Education (2006). About two-thirds of ELLs are concentrated in five states: California, Texas, Florida, New York, and Illinois. But over the past 15 years, their growth has been most rapid in Oregon, Washington, Nevada, North Carolina, Georgia, and Kansas. While ELLs speak about 460 different languages, 75% come from Spanish-speaking backgrounds. Other important language groups include Vietnamese, Hmong, Chinese, Korean, Haitian Creole, and Navajo. Only 35% of ELLs are foreign-born.
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