“English Language Learner Students in U.S. Public Schools: 1994 and 2000,” is available online from the National Center for Educational Statistics. (Requires Adobe’s Acrobat Reader.)
The number of students in U.S. schools who speak limited English grew from about 2 million students to 3 million from the 1993-94 school year to the end of the last decade, a two-page issue brief released by the National Center for Education Statistics says.
In the 1999-2000 school year, English-language learners made up about 7 percent of the school-age population. That same year, more than half of English-language learners attended public schools in which less than 1 percent of all students had that designation.