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English Language Proficiency, All English Learners: 2016-17 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  2.0%
AL 2.0%
Alaska  0.4%
AK 0.4%
Arizona  15.9%
AZ 15.9%
Arkansas  22.7%
AR 22.7%
California  33.2%
CA 33.2%
Colorado  21.0%
CO 21.0%
Connecticut  23.7%
CT 23.7%
Delaware  4.0%
DE 4.0%
District of Columbia  2.3%
DC 2.3%
Florida  26.3%
FL 26.3%
Georgia  2.0%
GA 2.0%
Hawaii  2.9%
HI 2.9%
Idaho  0.4%
ID 0.4%
Illinois  5.7%
IL 5.7%
Indiana  2.2%
IN 2.2%
Iowa  16.2%
IA 16.2%
Kansas  27.8%
KS 27.8%
Kentucky  6.8%
KY 6.8%
Louisiana  3.3%
LA 3.3%
Maine  0.6%
ME 0.6%
Maryland  7.5%
MD 7.5%
Massachusetts  20.0%
MA 20.0%
Michigan  19.8%
MI 19.8%
Minnesota  11.9%
MN 11.9%
Mississippi  30.9%
MS 30.9%
Missouri  4.4%
MO 4.4%
Montana  1%
MT 1%
Nebraska  13.8%
NE 13.8%
Nevada  9.6%
NV 9.6%
New Hampshire  6.0%
NH 6.0%
New Jersey  8.7%
NJ 8.7%
New Mexico  2.3%
NM 2.3%
New York  12.0%
NY 12.0%
North Carolina  3.1%
NC 3.1%
North Dakota  1.8%
ND 1.8%
Ohio  26.2%
OH 26.2%
Oklahoma  1.8%
OK 1.8%
Oregon  20.8%
OR 20.8%
Pennsylvania  8.4%
PA 8.4%
Puerto Rico  23%
PR 23%
Rhode Island  6.9%
RI 6.9%
South Carolina  5.3%
SC 5.3%
South Dakota  2.8%
SD 2.8%
Tennessee  16.8%
TN 16.8%
Texas  27.1%
TX 27.1%
Utah  1.4%
UT 1.4%
Vermont  4%
VT 4%
Virginia  13.5%
VA 13.5%
Washington  14.0%
WA 14.0%
West Virginia  29%
WV 29%
Wisconsin  3.8%
WI 3.8%
Wyoming  11%
WY 11%

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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: 2016-17; 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, 2016-17:; Data Uploaded On: 09/20/2018