Survey Results

January 14, 2004 1 min read
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A study commissioned by the U.S. Department of Education provides a detailed look at the nation’s students who are learning English as a new language.

Ten Most Common Language Groups of LEP Students

Language Number of LEP Students Percent of LEP Students
Spanish 2,963,256 76.9%
Vietnamese 90,659 2.4
Hmong 68,892 1.8
Korean 47,427 1.2
Arabic 44,681 1.2
Haitian Creole 43,137 1.1
Cantonese 36,942 1.0
Tagalog 35,495 0.9
Russian 33,860 0.9
Navajo 33,622 0.9
All others 454,570 11.8
Total 3,852,540 100.0%


Number of LEP Students Number of Teachers of LEP Students
1992 2,314,079 364,485
2002 3,997,819 1,273,420

Note: The totals for LEP students in the two tables are different because a different number of respondents provided data.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education

A version of this article appeared in the January 14, 2004 edition of Education Week as Survey Results


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