English Language Learners

A global student population

There are more than 26,000 English language learners in our K-12 schools, marking a 41 percent increase since the Road Map Project began in 2010. These students speak 157 primary languages and are from 148 birth countries. Most of our students who are in formal English language instruction, which is called the Transitional Bilingual Instruction Program, are in the primary grades.

All students have the right to the best education. With the region’s demographics rapidly changing, our education systems must change to reflect the growing diversity of our students. The Road Map Project region has made significant headway in pushing forward policies and practices to ensure the success of our English language learners by focusing on their strengths and assets.

Regional progress

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English Language Learner Work Group

The  English Language Learners Work Group, staffed by OneAmerica, pushes for systems-level change to create a more equitable educational experience for ELL students in the Road Map Project region and beyond. The group is currently seeking more members—particularly those who are most impacted, such as students and parents.

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