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Figure 1. Percentage of public school students who were English learners (ELs), by state or jurisdiction: Fall 2021
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NOTE: U.S. average is for the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Includes all ELs, regardless of program participation. Excludes ELs who are enrolled in prekindergarten. Data for the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) include programs designed for Native American students learning and studying Native American languages. Data for Puerto Rico are for students with “limited Spanish proficiency” or Spanish learners (SLs), instead of “English Learners,” as Spanish is the language of instruction in Puerto Rico. However, Title III-A requires that an outcome of such programs be increased English proficiency. Figures are plotted based on unrounded data.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), “State Nonfiscal Survey of Public Elementary/Secondary Education,” 2021-22; and EDFacts file 141, Data Group 678, 2021-22. See Digest of Education Statistics 2023, table 204.20.