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Facts about English Learners in California - CalEdFacts

This content is part of California Department of Education's information and media guide about education in the State of California. For similar information on other topics, visit the full CalEdFacts.

In the 2013–14 school year, there were approximately 1.413 million English learners in California public schools, nearly the same level as in 2012–13. The CDE provides assistance to local schools and districts to achieve the following goals:

Meeting these two goals will help close the achievement gap that separates English learners from their native English-speaking peers. In order to accomplish these goals, all English learners are provided with English language development (ELD) instruction targeted to their English proficiency level and appropriate academic instruction in one of three settings:

Basic Facts—California Language Census: Spring 2014

English learners are a significant portion of California public school students:

Although English learner data are collected for 60 language groups, 95 percent speak one of the top ten languages in the state:

  1. Spanish: 84.24 percent
  2. Vietnamese: 2.3 percent
  3. Pilipino (Filipino or Tagalog): 1.4 percent
  4. Cantonese: 1.3 percent
  5. Mandarin: 1.2 percent
  6. Arabic: 1.1 percent
  7. Hmong: 0.9 percent
  8. Korean: 0.9 percent
  9. Punjabi: 0.6 percent
  10. Russian: 0.5 percent
Questions: Data Reporting Office | dro@cde.ca.gov | 916-327-0219 
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