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English Learners in Wisconsin
Wisconsin's English Learner programs assist school districts in serving students who are English language learners (ELs) to become proficient in academic English to better prepare them for college and career.
In the 2012 school year, Wisconsin served nearly 47,000 ELs students. There are over 137 identified spoken languages by Wisconsin students, with Spanish being the first largest, and Hmong the second.
Assessment of ELs
Federal and state laws require that students identified as English Learners (ELs) be assessed annually to determine their level of English language proficiency (ELP) and ensure that they are progressing in achieving full English proficiency.