English Language Learners

English Learners in San Luis Obispo County

English Language Learners (ELLs) are students whose first language is not English and who are in the process of becoming proficient and literate in the English language.  They are a diverse group of students, with different linguistic, academic, and social-emotional needs.  Students who speak the same language or have similar levels of language proficiency may need very different kinds of support to succeed in the classroom.

The California Department of Education Data Reporting Office states that in 2015, San Luis Obispo County had 5430 (15%) students classified as English Language Learners, based on the California English Language Development Test (CELDT).  Countywide, the prevalent language is Spanish with 4,911 (94%) students. California has a total of 1,373,724 English Language Learners enrolled in schools which comprise 22% of the student population statewide. In the last 8 years, San Luis Obispo County has seen a 7-9% increase in students identified as English Language Learners.

Each district provides services specific to the students’ linguistic needs, providing Designated and Integrated English Language Development to all English Learners.  The Educational Support Services Department at SLOCOE is committed to supporting districts in their implementation of the California ELA-ELD Framework (2014) and the instructional programs they employ to ensure the academic success of English Language Learners.  Professional learning, coaching, technical assistance, and custom support services are offered to teachers, administrators, support staff, and parents to increase their capacity, enhance student learning, and meet state and federal legal requirements.

Number of English Language Learners in SLO County


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