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Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Minorities
NCES 2010-015
July 2010


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: 2007


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 11,008,000   20.6   5.1  
White 1,723,000   5.6   1.2  
Black 450,000   5.6   1.4  
Hispanic 7,231,000   68.9   17.5  
Asian 1,331,000   64.3   16.8  
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 30,000   36.6   6.7  
American Indian/Alaska Native 69,000   16.1   2.5  
Two or more races 117,000   7.9   1.2  
             
Kindergarten–grade 81 7,308,000   20.3   5.3  
White 1,026,000   5.0   1.0  
Black 262,000   5.1   1.2  
Hispanic 4,964,000   67.6   18.8  
Asian 884,000   62.9   16.9  
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 17,000   31.4   7.0  
American Indian/Alaska Native 39,000   14.1   2.5  
Two or more races 76,000   7.1   1.0  
             
Grades 9–121 3,701,000   21.3   4.5  
White 696,000   6.9   1.5  
Black 187,000   6.7   1.7  
Hispanic 2,267,000   71.7   14.5  
Asian 447,000   67.5   16.6  
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 14,000   45.9   6.2 !
American Indian/Alaska Native 30,000   19.7   2.6  
Two or more races 41,000   9.9   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 ethnicity.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2007.
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