2010 Spotlight

High-Poverty Public Schools

Limited-English Proficient (LEP)

The percentage of students who were limited-English proficient (LEP) was higher in high-poverty schools than in low-poverty schools (see table A-24-5). In 2007–08, about 25 percent of students attending high-poverty elementary schools were identified as LEP, compared with 4 percent of students attending low-poverty elementary schools. At the secondary level, about 16 percent of students attending high-poverty schools were identified as LEP, compared with 2 percent attending low-poverty schools.

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SNAPSHOT: Crime in high-poverty schools

The amount of violence occurring at schools differed by school poverty level. In 2007–08, a larger percentage of low-poverty public schools (32 percent) recorded no violent incidents than did high-poverty schools (17 percent) (see table A-26-2). Similarly, a larger percentage of high-poverty public schools (38 percent) than low-poverty public schools (15 percent) recorded 20 or more violent incidents.

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