English Learners in California
Curriculum & Instruction

According to CDE, the 1.4 million English learners in our state constitute 22.7% of the total enrollment in CA public schools. A total of 2.7 million CA students speak a language other than English in their homes. This number represents 43.1 percent of the state’s public school enrollment. Most EL students are born in the US. The CDE website provides current facts and resources on EL students in CA.

Suggestions include:

  • Improving our policy definitions of English Learners
  • Increase state-level resources for use in schools

This video — Who Are California’s English Learners? — provides an overview of considerations for California schools as they meet the needs of our EL student population. (Public Policy Institute for California; 06:30)

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