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Percent of Students with Limited English Proficiency (LEP)

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Students who perform in the bottom one-half to one-quarter on tests that measure knowledge of the English language are defined as having Limited English Proficiency (LEP).  While the overall national K-12 student enrollment continues to modestly increase year to year, the LEP enrollment is growing at a rapid rate.  The Office of English Language Acquisition of the Department of Education reports the LEP enrollment has increased by nearly 61 percent between 1994 and 2004.  During the same time period, both Missouri and Illinois experienced a decrease in their overall student enrollment, yet had significant gains in their LEP enrollment of 183 percent and 80 percent respectively.  Students with LEP are at a greater risk of performing poorly in school and dropping out of school, most often because the schools which they attend have inadequate resources to address their educational needs.

Percent of Students with Limited English Proficiency (LEP)

The Top 10 results for 2012 (ranked by % LEP)

County% LEPLEP StudentsSchool District PopulationYearSchool District
St. Louis County12.82012Bayless
St. Louis City7.42012St. Louis Public
St. Louis County7.22012Ritenour
St. Louis County7.02012Mehlville
St. Louis County6.52012Affton
Madison County6.32012Collinsville
St. Louis County5.12012Pattonville
St. Louis County4.82012Hancock Place
St. Louis County3.82012Clayton
St. Charles County3.82012St. Charles R-VI

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Calculation: (Number of students in school district with LEP/Total district population) x 100.
Calculations for Missouri made by Vision for Children at Risk.
*St. Louis County has an independent school district serving children with special needs. Districts in St. Louis City, St. Charles County, St. Clair County and Madison County serve special needs children within schools.
**Formerly St. Charles Co. R-V
***Belleville, Freeburg, O’Fallon, and East Alton school districts in Illinois are not unit districts. For the purpose of this report, we have combined the elementary, middle, and high school districts.

U.S: 10.5%
MO: 1.7%
IL: 9.2%
National Clearinghouse for English
Language Aquisition and Instruction (2005)