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A Closer Look: English Language Learners (ELL)

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 English language learners (ELL) represented 2 percent of all graduates in 2009. ELL graduates earned, on average, fewer credits overall and fewer credits in core academic courses than non-ELL graduates.

 ELL graduates earned, on average, more credits in other academic courses than non-ELL graduates.

Credits earned, by English language learner status and course type: 2009
Average credits earned by English language learner status and course type: 2009
Course type English language learners Non-English language learners
Total credits earned Total credits earned
Average credits Standard error Average credits Standard error
Overall 26.3 * (0.23) 27.2   (0.10)
Core academic 14.4 * (0.13) 16.0   (0.05)
Other academic 6.1 * (0.18) 5.2   (0.05)
Other 5.8   (0.15) 6.0   (0.09)

* Significantly different (p<.05) from non-English language learners.

NOTE: Details may not sum to total because of rounding. Core academic courses are English, mathematics, science, and social studies. Other academic courses are fine arts, foreign languages, and computer-related studies. Other courses include courses such as vocational education, personal health, and physical education.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, High School Transcript Study (HSTS), 2009.

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