[lg policy] ELL information center

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Wed Aug 18 15:37:33 UTC 2010

The US population has changed dramatically in the last three decades,
as nearly 30 million immigrants, both authorized and unauthorized,
have settled here seeking a better future for themselves and their
children. Much attention has focused on proposed and actual change to
immigration laws at the national and state levels. A less studied, but
perhaps vastly more important area of interest, is the effect
immigration has on US classrooms — where society’s response will
determine the skills of the future US workforce and the nation’s
ability to remain competitive in a global economy.

For that reason, MPI’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy
has created the English Language Learner (ELL) Information Center, to
provide informative fact sheets, maps, and state-level data resources
that chronicle the demography and trends of immigrant families and
their children.

Number and Growth of Students in US Schools in Need of English
Instruction Fact Sheet

States and Districts with the Highest Number and Share of English
Language Learners Fact Sheet

ELLs in Context
ELL Video 1

In this video, we discuss the distribution of ELLs across the country,
their growth in enrollment, and more. (right-click to download video)
ELL Video 2

In this video, we examine key indicators of ELL students' performance
on standardized tests, among other topics. (right-click to download

For high-resolution versions, click on: The New Demography of U.S.
Schools and English Language Learners and Their Performance in U.S.
Public Schools.

Track ELL Numbers and Shares by State (roll cursor over state of interest)
United States
Children in immigrant families: 16,258,571

Children in immigrant families as percentage of all children under 18: 23.2%

Number of ELLs: 5,318,164

ELL share of US public school enrollment: 10.7%

Note: Data on children in immigrant families are from the 2008
American Community Survey; ELL data are from the National
Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition (NCELA) for the
2007-2008 school year.

Fact Sheets

Fact Sheet 1: Number and Growth of Students in US Schools in Need of
English Instruction

Fact Sheet 2: States and Districts with the Highest Number and Share
of English Language Learners

More Fact Sheets will be added in the coming months, so check back.

In the Spotlight

Recommendations for Addressing the Needs of English Language Learners
Policymakers and state and local school administrators disbursing
federal stimulus funds designed to improve children’s educational
outcomes should pay targeted attention to the nation’s growing
population of English language learners, a group of researchers with
extensive experience regarding ELL students recommends in a new
report. The ELL Working Group, of which MPI Senior Vice President
Michael Fix is a member, was convened by Diane August, Kenji Hakuta,
and Jennifer O’Day. The group’s recommendations were presented to
senior US Department of Education officials and other senior education
officers, among others.
Download Report

Additional Resources

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition (NCELA)
US Department of Education
US Department of Education Office of English Language Acquisition

For more information on policies and research related to the education
of immigrant youth, please visit our PK-12 Education Page


MPI Research

DREAM vs. Reality: An Analysis of Potential DREAM Act Beneficiaries
By Jeanne Batalova and Margie McHugh
July 2010
Slightly more than 2.1 million unauthorized immigrant youth and young
adults could be eligible to apply for legal status under the DREAM Act
legislation pending in Congress, though perhaps fewer than 40 percent
would obtain legal status because of barriers limiting their ability
to take advantage of the legislation's educational and military
service routes to legalization. This MPI analysis offers the most
recent and detailed estimates of potential DREAM Act beneficiaries by
age, education levels, gender, state of residence and likelihood of
gaining legalization.
Download Report | Press Release

The Binational Option: Meeting the Instructional Needs of Limited
English Proficient Students
November 2009
By Aaron Terrazas and Michael Fix
With 1 in 10 children in US schools having limited English
proficiency, school districts across the country face challenges in
meeting the students' educational needs and finding enough qualified
bilingual and English as a Second Language educators. This report
identifies international teacher exchanges as an innovative, near-term
strategy for school administrators to respond to immediate teaching
needs, particularly in subject areas where knowledge of a foreign
language is necessary. In conjunction with efforts to recruit local
teachers, foreign teachers can help alleviate endemic shortages —
particularly in districts that face rapid, unexpected, or short-term
changes in the student population.
Download Report | Press Release

Measures of Change: The Demography and Literacy of Adolescent English Learners
A Report to Carnegie Corporation of New York by Jeanne Batalova,
Michael Fix, and Julie Murray
March 2007

Educating the Children of Immigrants
By Julie Murray, Jeanne Batalova, and Michael Fix
Securing the Future: US Immigrant Integration Policy, A Reader
February 2007

For more integration-related MPI research, click here


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