Information ELevated offers a first look at data from OELA’s 2016–18 Biennial Report. This episode provides a snapshot on the number of identified ELs, which increased by 15.5% over the 15-year period between school years (SY) 2002–03 and 2017–18. In SY 2002–03, state educational agencies reported identifying 4,340,006 ELs. By SY 2017–18, the number of identified ELs totaled 5,011,462, an increase of 671,456 students. By comparison, over the same 15-year period, the entire K–12 population increased by 4.5% or 2,192,630 students.
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