English Language Learners by Student Race/Ethnicity

An estimated 11 million K-12 public school students are English language learners (ELLs), accounting for 21 percent of all public school students. Below, data from the US Department of Education shows the percent distribution of ELL students by race/ethnicity.

  • Total English Language Learner Students: 4,813,693
  • Hispanic: 77.8%
  • Asian: 10.7%
  • White 5.9%
  • Black: 3.6%
  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.8%
  • Two or more races: 0.6%
  • Pacific Islander: 0.6%

NOTE: Includes all students identified as English language learners—both those participating in ELL programs and those not participating in ELL programs. Data include all ELL students enrolled in public elementary and secondary schools nationally at any time during the school year. Detail may not sum to totals because grade levels were not reported for some students and because of rounding.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, EDFacts file 141, Data Group 678, extracted August 24, 2016, from the EDFacts Data Warehouse (internal U.S. Department of Education source); Common Core of Data (CCD), “State Nonfiscal Survey of Public Elementary and Secondary Education,” 2008-09 through 2014-15. (This table was prepared August 2016.)
2013-14 State and National Estimations