How many ELL Students are in the U.S.? In 2012-2013, there were 4.85 million ELL students in U.S. schools, comprising nearly 10% of students in U.S. public schools. They are the fastest-growing student population in the country, growing to 60% in the last decade.
Where Do ELL Students Live? ELL students attend schools in all 50 states. They are heavily concentrated in states such as California, Arizona, Florida, Texas, New York, and Illinois. California has more than 1.5 million ELL students. However, a number of states around the country, particularly in the Midwest and Southeast, have seen a dramatic increase in the numbers of ELL students enrolled.
The Need for ELL and Bilingual Teachers
The number of ELL students are highly disproportionate to the amount of ELL and/or Bilingual teachers in the US today. Without the number of necessary trained ELL/Bilingual teachers, as well as lack of first language support, mainstream teachers play a crucial role. They must take part by working with the ELL teacher, to ensure social and academic language success. ELL students will be successful given that all teachers provide the necessary platform and ongoing continuum of support. This support must come from an ELL pedagogical view, as well as, an emotional, social, and developmental lens.