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Most Elementary School English-Language Learners Are U.S.-Born

By Mary Ann Zehr — September 30, 2005 1 min read

Three out of four U.S. elementary school students with limited proficiency in English were born in the United States, concludes a study.

“The New Demography of America’s Schools: Immigration and the No Child Left Behind Act” is posted by the Urban Institute.

Conducted by researchers from the Washington-based Urban Institute, the study found that only 24 percent of limited-English-proficient students in elementary schools were born in a foreign country; 59 percent are the children of immigrants; and 18 percent are the grandchildren of immigrants.

At the secondary school level, a smaller proportion of English-language learners were born in this country. A little more than half—56 percent—of English-language learners in grades 6-12 are U.S.-born.

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