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English Language Learners

An English language learner (ELL) is a student whose primary language is not English, and whose English proficiency or lack thereof provides a barrier to successful learning.

As of fall 2017, the National Center on Education Statistics reports that 5 million public school students (10.1%) are English language learners. The most common home language of ELLs is Spanish, comprising 74.8% of ELLs (7.6% of all public school students). ELLs with disabilities make up approximately 14% of the ELL population (about 718,000 students). The most common identification for ELLs is a learning disability (LD).


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