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Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Minorities
NCES 2007-039
September 2007

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Table 8.2a.

Number and percentage of elementary and secondary school students who spoke a language other than English at home and percentage who spoke English with difficulty, by grade level and race/ethnicity: 2005


Grade level and race/ethnicity Number who spoke a language other than English at home Percentage of population who spoke a language other than English at home Percentage of population who spoke English with difficulty
Kindergarten–grade 121 10,765,000 20.4 5.3
White 1,770,000 5.7 1.3
Black 445,000 5.6 1.4
Hispanic 6,939,000 69.8 19.1
Asian 1,323,000 65.3 17.8
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 22,000 32.8 6.1!
American Indian/Alaska Native 78,000 17.5 2.8
More than one race 112,000 8.9 1.7
       
Kindergarten–grade 81 7,168,000 20.0 5.5
White 1,049,000 5.0 1.1
Black 258,000 4.9 1.2
Hispanic 4,817,000 68.7 20.1
Asian 861,000 63.3 17.8
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 15,000 32.1 6.8!
American Indian/Alaska Native 47,000 15.4 2.7
More than one race 77,000 8.3 1.6
       
Grades 9–121 3,597,000 21.2 5.0
White 721,000 7.0 1.8
Black 187,000 7.2 2.0
Hispanic 2,122,000 72.2 16.7
Asian 462,000 69.5 17.7
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 8,000! 34.4 4.6!
American Indian/Alaska Native 31,000 21.9 2.9!
More than one race 36,000 10.5 1.8!
! Interpret data with caution.
1 Total includes other race/ethnicity categories not separately shown.
NOTE: Respondents were asked if each child in the household spoke a language other than English at home. If they answered "yes," they were asked how well each child could speak English. Categories used for reporting were "very well," "well," "not well," and "not at all." All those who reported speaking English less than "very well" were considered to have difficulty speaking English. Includes those students who are age 5 or older. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic origin. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2005.
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