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English Language Learners (ELL) in the Mainstream

Part One: The Students


Testing Accommodations


Red Arrow What are the ELL Demographics for New Jersey?

There are more than 276,031 PreK-12 students for whom English is not their first language. Of this group, 61,702 are identified as Limited English Proficient. There are approximately 151 languages spoken by English Language Learners in New Jersey. Of these, the following languages have the highest LEP enrollment:

  • Spanish
  • Korean
  • Portuguese
  • Arabic
  • Gujarati (India)
  • Mandarin
  • Polish
  • Urdu (Pakistan)
  • Creole (Haitian)
  • Tagalog
  • Vietnamese

For a profile of Limited English Proficient Students in the state, visit

For a complete list of major language groups with the highest LEP enrollment, visit