Published Online: March 8, 2016
Published in Print: March 9, 2016, as Spanish, Arabic, Chinese Top ELL Home Languages

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Spanish, Arabic, Chinese Top ELL Home Languages

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Spanish, Arabic, and Chinese are the top three home languages for English-language learners in the nation's K-12 public schools, according to data from the federal education department.

With 3.8 million students listing Spanish as their home language, about 3 out of 4 English-learners were Spanish speakers during the 2013-14 school year. Arabic and Chinese each had more than 100,000 speakers, with each language accounting for about 2 percent each of ELLs. For Chinese, the data did not distinguish between Mandarin and Cantonese speakers.

Seventeen percent of kindergartners and 1st graders are identified as ELLs, compared with 8 percent of 6th graders and slightly less than 5 percent of juniors and seniors.

Vol. 35, Issue 23, Page 4

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