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Table B.1.d.-1 Number and percentage of public school students who were identified as limited-English proficient (LEP), by locale and region: 2007–08
  Number of LEP students   Percent of students   Percentage distribution
of LEP students
Locale and region Number   Standard error   Percent   Standard error   Percent   Standard error
Total 4,344,800   (221,960)   9.0   (0.41)   100.0   (†)
City 2,062,900   (167,000)   15.8   (1.00)   47.5   (2.42)
Suburban 1,398,100   (109,410)   8.3   (0.61)   32.2   (2.14)
Town 422,600   (60,300)   6.4   (0.76)   9.7   (1.35)
Rural 461,200   (56,960)   3.8   (0.44)   10.6   (1.20)
                       
Northeast 351,400   (46,000)   4.4   (0.56)   100.0   (†)
City 204,700   (45,930)   12.7   (2.38)   58.2   (7.17)
Suburban 129,500   (19,900)   3.1   (0.44)   36.8   (6.69)
Town 7,400   (2,090)   1.2   (0.29)   2.1 ! (0.77)
Rural 9,900 ! (3,390)   0.7   (0.20)   2.8 ! (0.99)
                       
Midwest 436,800   (37,100)   4.0   (0.34)   100.0   (†)
City 201,300   (30,900)   8.5   (1.28)   46.1   (4.90)
Suburban 137,800   (23,560)   4.0   (0.64)   31.6   (4.62)
Town 61,400   (11,360)   3.0   (0.60)   14.0   (2.64)
Rural 36,300   (6,870)   1.2   (0.22)   8.3   (1.59)
                       
South 1,447,600   (141,080)   8.0   (0.74)   100.0   (†)
City 616,200   (116,270)   13.6   (2.11)   42.6   (5.66)
Suburban 502,800   (87,730)   9.6   (1.50)   34.7   (5.14)
Town 128,300   (34,180)   5.2   (1.15)   8.9   (2.49)
Rural 200,400   (41,820)   3.4   (0.68)   13.8   (2.68)
                       
West 2,109,000   (134,240)   18.0   (0.88)   100.0   (†)
City 1,040,700   (96,050)   23.2   (1.55)   49.3   (3.42)
Suburban 628,000   (82,900)   15.9   (1.74)   29.8   (3.27)
Town 225,600   (49,980)   15.2   (2.55)   10.7   (2.22)
Rural 214,700   (34,920)   12.2   (1.48)   10.2   (1.61)
† Not applicable.
! Interpret data with caution.
NOTE: Limited English proficient (LEP) refers to students whose native or dominant language is a language other than English and whose difficulty speaking, reading, writing, or understanding the English language is sufficient enough as to deny them the opportunity to learn successfully in an English-only classroom. Includes students in schools funded by the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE). For more details on urban-centric locale categories, see http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/ruraled/definitions.asp. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey, "Public School and BIE School Data Files," 2007–08.
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