English Language Learners Enrollment

English Language Learners Enrollment

What does this measure?

Students who speak a language other than English and who are not yet English proficient, as a percentage of all students.

Why is this important?

The proportion of English language learners in a school district can reflect the number of non-English speaking homes and backgrounds in the community. These students often require specialized or modified instruction and programmatic supports in school in order to access the educational opportunities available to other students.

How is our county performing?

In 2021, 8.6% of students in Berks County were English language learners, up from 5.5% in 2008. The number of English language learners increased 48% to 5,700 in 2021. Pennsylvania overall had English language learners make up 4.4% of its students in 2021. That reflects a 56% increase in the number of English language learners since 2008.

Among local school districts, Reading had by far the highest proportion of English language learners at 26%, followed by Muhlenberg which had only 7%. Less than 1% of students were English language learners in six districts: Boyertown, Brandywine Heights Area, Conrad Weiser Area and Oley Valley. Berks' rate was higher than surrounding counties, which ranged from 2% to 8%.

Notes about the data

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English Language Learners Enrollment
Berks County5.5%6.2%6.0%5.8%5.8%5.9%5.7%5.7%6.1%6.8%7.8%8.7%8.7%8.6%
Berks County Regions
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County3.2%3.8%3.1%2.9%2.9%2.9%3.0%3.2%3.3%3.7%4.1%4.2%4.3%4.1%
Lancaster County5.0%5.2%4.8%4.9%4.8%4.6%4.5%4.5%4.4%4.6%4.8%5.4%5.8%5.8%
Lebanon County4.4%4.5%4.4%4.2%4.3%4.4%4.2%4.4%4.3%4.3%4.8%6.7%6.9%7.1%
Lehigh County5.9%6.0%5.4%5.1%5.4%5.0%4.9%5.3%5.4%6.1%6.7%7.7%8.0%7.9%
Montgomery County2.4%2.5%2.4%2.3%2.5%2.5%2.7%2.8%3.0%3.1%3.3%3.5%3.7%3.7%
Schuylkill County0.7%0.7%0.6%0.7%0.9%0.9%0.9%0.9%0.9%1.1%1.2%1.4%1.5%1.7%
School Districts
Antietam School District2.5%3.2%3.1%3.5%2.2%2.3%3.2%2.9%2.4%4.1%3.7%4.0%3.6%6.2%
Boyertown Area School District0.2%0.3%0.2%0.3%0.2%0.2%0.2%0.2%0.2%0.3%0.3%0.3%0.4%0.4%
Brandywine Heights Area School District0.3%0.3%0.1%0.0%0.1%0.1%0.1%0.3%0.6%0.6%0.6%0.6%0.8%0.9%
Conrad Weiser Area School District1.6%1.6%1.2%0.8%1.3%0.9%1.3%1.4%0.7%0.7%0.9%0.9%0.9%0.8%
Daniel Boone Area School District0.5%0.3%0.3%0.3%0.2%0.5%0.3%0.3%0.2%0.3%0.3%0.3%0.7%1.0%
Exeter Township School District0.8%0.9%1.0%0.9%0.7%0.8%0.9%0.9%0.9%1.0%1.3%1.5%1.6%1.7%
Fleetwood Area School District2.4%2.0%1.7%1.3%1.4%1.5%1.6%1.9%1.2%1.0%1.5%1.7%1.8%1.8%
Governor Mifflin School District1.4%0.4%1.2%1.3%1.6%1.6%1.2%1.2%1.3%1.6%2.3%2.5%2.3%2.3%
Hamburg Area School District0.4%0.6%0.7%0.7%0.5%0.8%0.5%0.6%0.5%0.6%0.9%1.2%1.3%1.3%
Kutztown Area School District0.2%0.4%0.2%0.1%0.1%0.2%0.6%0.6%1.0%1.0%0.9%1.4%2.6%2.5%
Muhlenberg School District4.6%5.3%4.7%4.5%4.4%4.3%4.1%4.7%4.3%4.6%6.0%6.5%7.0%6.9%
Oley Valley School District0.5%0.5%0.4%0.3%0.3%0.2%0.9%1.0%0.8%0.7%0.8%0.7%0.7%0.8%
Reading School District17.5%20.3%19.7%18.7%18.7%18.9%18.0%17.8%19.3%21.5%24.0%26.8%26.3%25.9%
Schuylkill Valley School District1.2%1.3%0.9%0.9%0.9%0.5%0.3%0.3%0.6%0.5%0.6%0.6%1.0%1.3%
Tulpehocken Area School District3.4%3.9%3.7%3.9%3.7%4.0%3.2%2.8%2.9%2.4%2.5%2.2%1.9%2.8%
Twin Valley School District0.5%0.4%0.6%0.5%0.4%0.6%0.5%0.3%0.3%0.6%0.6%1.0%1.2%1.1%
Wilson School District2.5%3.1%2.5%1.6%1.4%1.6%1.4%1.6%2.0%2.2%2.7%2.7%3.7%3.5%
Wyomissing Area School District3.0%2.5%1.7%2.5%2.0%2.6%2.8%2.2%1.9%2.0%2.6%2.4%2.7%3.1%

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Number of English Language Learners
Berks County3,8404,3544,1964,0674,0714,0653,9053,8984,1524,6025,2675,9085,8815,678
Berks County Regions
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County2,4583,1192,6042,4912,5192,5472,6592,8612,9123,1123,3043,3903,6263,560
Lancaster County3,4683,5813,2933,3203,2823,1293,0252,9982,9793,0963,2333,6113,8623,750
Lebanon County8298518307998078358058318268409471,3331,3881,372
Lehigh County3,1803,2002,8922,7302,7172,5412,4662,6982,7913,1673,4854,1114,2834,133
Montgomery County2,6562,7332,6542,5572,7102,7362,8893,0683,2243,3503,8644,0354,3254,314
Schuylkill County130134116139170159164158165203222255255264
School Districts
Antietam School District2734333723243331254442464068
Boyertown Area School District1519161915141616162018202925
Brandywine Heights Area School District5510112598891112
Conrad Weiser Area School District4847362437243538201923232420
Daniel Boone Area School District19101013818111171010102230
Exeter Township School District3542443829323536354053596464
Fleetwood Area School District6655453537414350312438424342
Governor Mifflin School District58175157676650505466961079997
Hamburg Area School District1016181713191214111419252726
Kutztown Area School District47312388141312193533
Muhlenberg School District158185165160158150144169159170225257282276
Oley Valley School District91076641517131214121112
Reading School District3,0623,6223,5213,4003,3723,3443,1533,0753,3603,7644,2564,7994,6514,567
Schuylkill Valley School District25251918171065121012122126
Tulpehocken Area School District5562586056594739413536312736
Twin Valley School District161320181219169102118323932
Wilson School District5770573631363036434961618477
Wyomissing Area School District5645324638505342383850465157

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Students in K-6 Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Students in 7-12 Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Physically Inactive Adults Not Applicable
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Increasing
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Disengaged Youth Decreasing
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Population by Age Not Applicable
Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels Maintaining
Change in Population by Age and Gender Not Applicable
Change in Total Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Households by type Not Applicable
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Seniors Living Alone Maintaining
Language Diversity Increasing
Unemployment Rate Increasing
Change in Labor Force Decreasing
Employment to Population ratio Decreasing
Change in Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Sector Share of Total Jobs Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
People Entering/Leaving County/Region for Work Not Applicable
Public Assistance Maintaining
Spending for Local Governments Maintaining
Spending for Counties Maintaining
Spending for School Districts Maintaining
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
English Language Learners Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per Student Spending Maintaining
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
Education Levels of Adults Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Brain Drain/Gain Maintaining
Plans of High School Graduates Not Applicable
Enrollment in Local Colleges Decreasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income by Household Type Not Applicable
Living Wage Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Working Poor Maintaining
People Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
People Receiving Supplemental Security Income Increasing
Health Status Not Applicable
People Enrolled in Medicaid Managed Care Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Cancer Incidence Decreasing
Prevalence of Mental Illness Maintaining
Vacant Housing Units Increasing
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Cost of Homeownership Maintaining
Cost of Homeownership, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Cost of Rent Increasing
Cost of Rent, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Family Home Sales Increasing
Median Single-Family Home Sale Price Maintaining
Tourism Spending Maintaining
Voter Registration Rate Decreasing
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Average Charitable Giving Maintaining
Contributions as a Percentage of Income Maintaining
Households With Internet Access Not Applicable
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Maintaining
Toxic Chemical Releases Decreasing
Violent Crimes Maintaining
Property Crimes Decreasing
Incarceration Rates Maintaining
Drug Abuse Offenses Increasing
Drug Abuse Arrests Increasing
Protection from Domestic Abuse Maintaining
Average Travel Time to Work Increasing
Crashes Involving Alcohol Decreasing
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing