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English Language Proficiency, All English Learners: 2009-10 1

Percent of all English Learners in grades K-12 enrolled in elementary or secondary schools in the state that participated in the annual state English language proficiency assessment and scored at the proficient level. [More about...]

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State assessments, which are used to measure student achievement in reading, math, and science, are designed by each state to measure the content the state has determined appropriate for that grade and subject. As a result, both the content on the tests and achievement standards students must meet to be considered “proficient” vary widely across states, so proficiency rates should not be compared across states. Many states have also changed their standards and assessments at some point in the process of measuring their students, so it is often not possible to create a trend line that looks at changes in achievement across years, since a change could actually reflect a change in the assessment.

Through the 2009-10 school year, states were allowed to calculate student graduation rates differently, as long as the figure represents students who graduated in the standard number of years (i.e., four). Starting in the 2010-11, states converted to an adjusted cohort graduation rate, which may or may not be the same as the calculation they used in prior years. Due to the potential differences, caution should be used when comparing graduation rates across states.

For detailed information about state assessments and graduation rates, please see the state Accountability Workbooks, which can be found at: State Accountability Workbooks:

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Alabama  64.4%
AL 64.4%
Alaska  10.4%
AK 10.4%
Arizona  34.7%
AZ 34.7%
Arkansas  6.9%
AR 6.9%
California  33.3%
CA 33.3%
Colorado  7.6%
CO 7.6%
Connecticut  39.5%
CT 39.5%
Delaware  20.4%
DE 20.4%
District of Columbia  23.9%
DC 23.9%
Florida  16.3%
FL 16.3%
Georgia  16.4%
GA 16.4%
Hawaii  8.5%
HI 8.5%
Idaho  36.1%
ID 36.1%
Illinois  14.8%
IL 14.8%
Indiana  22.3%
IN 22.3%
Iowa  22.8%
IA 22.8%
Kansas  28.4%
KS 28.4%
Kentucky  13.5%
KY 13.5%
Louisiana  4.2%
LA 4.2%
Maine  5.5%
ME 5.5%
Maryland  18.1%
MD 18.1%
Massachusetts  35.9%
MA 35.9%
Michigan  30.8%
MI 30.8%
Minnesota  9.4%
MN 9.4%
Mississippi  46%
MS 46%
Missouri  13.8%
MO 13.8%
Montana  70.8%
MT 70.8%
Nebraska  29.3%
NE 29.3%
Nevada  14.7%
NV 14.7%
New Hampshire  16%
NH 16%
New Jersey  19.6%
NJ 19.6%
New Mexico  89.9%
NM 89.9%
New York  15.9%
NY 15.9%
North Carolina  14.9%
NC 14.9%
North Dakota  13.6%
ND 13.6%
Ohio  36.8%
OH 36.8%
Oklahoma  17.5%
OK 17.5%
Oregon  15.3%
OR 15.3%
Pennsylvania  33.3%
PA 33.3%
Puerto Rico  46.1%
PR 46.1%
Rhode Island  22.4%
RI 22.4%
South Carolina  8.2%
SC 8.2%
South Dakota  8.3%
SD 8.3%
Tennessee  21.9%
TN 21.9%
Texas  35.2%
TX 35.2%
Utah  37.1%
UT 37.1%
Vermont  20.7%
VT 20.7%
Virginia  17.6%
VA 17.6%
Washington  12.9%
WA 12.9%
West Virginia  47%
WV 47%
Wisconsin  5.1%
WI 5.1%
Wyoming  13.4%
WY 13.4%

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1 Description: Percent of all English Learners in grades K-12 enrolled in elementary or secondary schools in the state that participated in the annual state English language proficiency assessment and scored at the proficient level.; Academic Year: 2009-10; Grade: N/A; Note: Under Title III of the ESEA, states are required to provide for an annual assessment of English language proficiency (ELP) in the domains of reading, writing, listening, and speaking for all Title III-served English Learners in grades K-12. ELP assessments vary from state-to-state, as do cut scores and proficiency levels on these assessments, so results cannot be compared from state-to-state. States define what it means to be ‘proficient’ in English according to State ELP standards and assessments. Note that ‘proficient’ in English is to be distinguished from a child scoring at the ‘proficient or advanced level’ on state achievement assessments in reading/language arts or mathematics as addressed under Title I, Part A. Cells with a dash (-) indicate that the data are not available. The symbols "> 97%" and "< 3%" indicate that the value is higher than 97 percent or less than 3 percent, respectively. A “†” symbol means not applicable.; Source: EDFacts/Consolidated State Performance Report, 2009-10:; Data Uploaded On: 09/19/2011