Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), state educational agencies (SEAs) and school districts are responsible for locating, identifying, and evaluating all students, including English learners (ELs), who have disabilities1 and who need special education and related services
Through the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Common Core of Data (CCD), the U.S. Department of Education disseminates data on local educational agencies (LEAs), commonly known as school districts.
The Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) is a biennial survey required by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights since 1968. This survey collects data on key education and civil rights issues in our nation’s public schools.
During school year (SY) 2017–18, over 5 million English learners (ELs) were enrolled in U.S. schools in grades K–12. Four states had an EL population that was above 12% of total student enrollment; California had the highest percentage, with over 20% of K–12 students classified as ELs.
Multilingualism opens career opportunities in the public and private sectors and can raise occupational status and earning potential of individuals who are proficient in more than one language.