EL Reclassification Rate: The percentage of students learning English as a second language who have been “reclassified” as fluent in English by their school districts
Spanish EL Students: The percentage of students learning English as a second language whose primary language is Spanish
Non-Spanish EL Students: The percentage of students learning English as a second language whose primary language is a language other than Spanish
California Department of Education (CDE) Ed-Data/Data Quest
2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21
*The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in statewide physical school closures in February/March 2020 followed by the widespread implementation of distance learning during the 2020–21 academic year. The California Department of Education (CDE) recommends caution when comparing discipline data across academic years.
The original data comes at the school level. Our team geocoded the school locations to generate X/Y coordinates, then spatial joined each point to 2020 Census Tracts.
The CDE reported a small number of census tracts as having more reclassified students than students in the class for the previous year. These census tracts will have a reclassification rate of slightly over 100% as a result.
Why are these variables important to measure?
English Learner Reclassification Rate
Students learning English as a second language are considered “reclassified” when their school districts deem that they are now fluent in English. School districts individually determine the criteria for fluency in English, so this measure is not necessarily uniform across districts. As of 2019, the majority of English learners (70%) are enrolled in the elementary grades.
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