English Learner student numbers increase in Wisconsin

Weekly Fiscal Facts are provided by the Wisconsin Policy Forum, the state’s leading resource for nonpartisan state and local government research and civic education. The Wisconsin Policy Forum logo can be downloaded here.


In the 2018-19 school year, over 350 of Wisconsin’s 421 school districts reported serving at least one English Learner (EL). Wisconsin’s EL population has grown from about 30,000 students in 2000-01 to 51,825 in 2018-19, marking the fourth consecutive year of growth. These students now comprise 6 percent of the state’s overall K-12 enrollment.

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