Where are the English Language Learners?

As New York City prepares to welcome a new mayor, over 150,000 English Language Learner (ELL) students and their parents hope the new administration means improvements to their schools. New York City has the largest school system with the second highest number of English Language learners in the nation. Yet, less than half of all ELLs graduate from high school, signifcantly less than the 67.5% average graduation rate. Mayor elect Bill DeBlasio has promised to address the graduation gap by implementing system-wide programs, such as after-school and summer programs and better training for teachers.

A newly-released report from the New York City Department of Education details the number of ELLs in the city. While Spanish and Chinese make up most of the ELL students, over a dozen other languages are represented. Where are the ELLs in your school district, and how have they changed from last year?

Change in ELL Students, 2011-2012

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0
-198

BoroughDistrictSpanish Chinese Bengali Arabic Haitian Russian Urdu French Albanian Korean Punjabi Fulani Tibetan Wolof Mandinke Soninke Polish Yiddish Pashto
Manhattan110.3361.32-4.411200013.180000-13000000
2-78.78-75.6921.6235.11000-8.3300000000000
3-197.7629.55016.83-1.720014.800000-3300000
4-150.17-2.593.0617.740001.1400000000000
5-31.060027.670006.070007.03033.62-220000
6-53.1-0.4708.63-0.4700-0.4700000000000
Bronx777.700-0.8400011.210008.4200012.95000
832.86-3421.6141.140005.100039.360000000
9105.08010.62000050.8600000020.673.19000
10400.34025.8131.400057.51-9.240000000000
11-53.3062.9959.0500014.3-13.10000000000
12211.58024.727.7600034.6500017.790000000
Brooklyn13-47.138.236.7617.33000-6000067.860000000
14-24.68020.4000000000000-82.60
15110.39206.25-7.5536.7400013.2200000000000
1611.8203.0416.19-4.89008.9800000000000
17-440070.25-5.500220008.50000000
18-10.2-6012.9-27.700-2000000000000
19-5.08021.6519.3413.86000.4500000000000
2016.2190.2089.10112.37.5000000000000
21-112.2713.27020.43039.335.79000000000000
22-50.0124.950030.3585.4330.91000000000000
2322.0804.0812.78-2.9008.100000000000
Queens24-18.33-98.29124.3256.390000000014.37000000
25-73.92254.0700002.6900-36.2400000000-11.35
2641.8612.77000014.7200-39.0610.8300000000
2751.24051.4841.93001.0500052.700000000
2845.81-2.24101.77198.79048.170000-15500000000
29-0.57024.6781.5147.450-24.91-6400000000000
30-191.07-21.58131.3760.8700-1.1000000000000
Staten I.3136.05-5.97054.4607.5400-14.770000000000
Brooklyn32-34.07-0.5515.576.36-900-0.5500000000000
Special75477.0259.2151.7191.263.67-730000000000000
Alternative79345.4-37.0124.4019.60080.3100000000000
28 12 21 22 20 18 17 23 15 16 32 8 31 27 1 5 25 10 3 6 4 29 11 19 2 7 26 9 13 14 24 30

Total Number of ELLs

District 24 in Queens, District 10 in the Bronx, and District 20 in Brooklyn reported the highest number of ELLs. Click on individual languages in the legend to hide or show their numbers in the graph.

Proportion of ELLs

Spanish speaking students made up the greatest proportion—well over 95%—of ELLs in District 6 in the Bronx and District 32 in Brooklyn.

Top Five Languages, by District

ELL students are dispersed across all five boroughs, with concentrations of Spanish speakers in the Bronx and Chinese speakers in Brooklyn and Queens. Click on each school district for the top five ELL languages for that district.

 

 

Source: New York City Department of Education: Report on English Language Learners Demographics, Spring 2013