KidsFlash Fast Fact – July 26, 2013

Written by: Sarah Hughes
Date Posted: July 26, 2013

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In the 2012-2013 school year, 14 percent of all Colorado students (nearly 125,000 children) were classified as English Language Learners (ELLs). Since 2002-2003, the number of ELL students in Colorado has increased by nearly 45 percent. Research shows it takes an ELL student an average of four to seven years to develop academic proficiency in English. To find data on the number of ELL students in your county or school district, please visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center.

Sarah Hughes

About Sarah Hughes

Sarah Hughes is Vice President of Research Initiatives for the Colorado Children’s Campaign. In this role, she leads the organization’s research and data analysis efforts, including the development and publication of the annual KIDS COUNT in Colorado! report, and provides research and data support to inform and advance the Children’s Campaign’s policy agenda. Prior to joining the Children’s Campaign, Sarah worked in communications and spent several years working and volunteering with kids in various capacities. She holds a Master of Social Work with a specialization in Advocacy, Leadership and Social Change from the University of Illinois and a B.S. in Business and Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis.