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Colorado's English-language learners
Rocky Mountain News
October 11, 2002


70,000 students in grades K-12, or 10 percent of total
enrollment, are learning English.

Those students speak 140 languages, but Spanish dominates
as the native language of 82 percent.

About a third of English learners are in English-acquisition
programs that use a child's native language.

Students exit English-acquisition programs at varying rates. A
University of Colorado study indicated 46 percent of native
Spanish fourth-graders exit services after three years, while 58
percent of speakers of other languages do so.

English-language learners in Colorado's largest school districts

Jefferson County: 5,349 or 6 percent

Denver: 18,336 or 25 percent

Cherry Creek: 4,522 or 10 percent

Douglas County: 418 or 1 percent

Colorado Springs: 1,138 or 3 percent

Northglenn-Thornton: 1,241 or 4 percent

Aurora: 7,721 or 24 percent

Boulder: 2,569 or 9 percent

Fort Collins: 2,880 or 12 percent

St. Vrain Valley: 3,007 or 15 percent

English-language learners by grade and program outside Denver
Public Schools:

Native No

language native

Grade No. used language

K 6,780 43% 54%

1 7,606 36% 59%

2 6,483 40% 56%

3 5,796 37% 58%

4 5,231 35% 61%

5 4,788 30% 65%

6 4,178 18% 76%

7 3,430 19% 74%

8 3,214 19% 74%

9 3,622 17% 77%

10 2,395 14% 80%

11 1,794 10% 85%

12 1,272 6% 87%

Total 59,018 17,510 38,629


* Percentages May Not Add To 100 Because Not All School
Districts Reported Details About Instructional Programs.


Sources: Colorado Department of Education; research study by
University of Colorado professor Kathy Escamilla.

 

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