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English-Language Learners Concentrated in Small Number of Schools

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

At the elementary school level, the nation’s English-language learners are largely concentrated in a relatively small number of schools, according to a study.

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Produced by the Washington-based Urban Institute, the study found that nearly 70 percent of elementary-level English-language learners are enrolled in 10 percent of the nation’s elementary schools. The researchers also noted that nearly half—43 percent—of the nation’s elementary schools don’t have any students with limited proficiency in English. The study defines schools with a high number of limited-English-proficient students as those in which such students make up at least 23.5 percent of enrollment.

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