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English Proficiency

English Proficiency

Perception of English Proficiency

  • Approximately 20% of Central Texans feel “somewhat” or “a great deal” limited by their English language skills in their ability to get a job for which they are otherwise qualified.
  • This perception is stronger among minorities, shared by 39% of Hispanic respondents and 34% of Black respondents, compared to 17% of White respondents.
Perception of English Proficiency

Survey Question: Would you say that your abilities to read and write in English limit your potential to get a job that you would otherwise be qualified for?

Comfort in a Language other than English

  • Overall, 25% of Central Texans are comfortable reading and writing in a language other than English.
  • Compared to the regional average, this is true for a larger share of residents in Travis and Hays counties.
Comfort in a Language other than English

Survey Question: Are you comfortable reading and writing in a language other than English?

Distribution of Limited English Proficiency Students

  • This map shows the percent of students by public school campus determined to have Limited English Proficiency (LEP). While only a handful of campuses have no LEP students, the campuses with the most LEP students are in Austin ISD, in the neighborhoods east of Interstate-35 or north of Highway 183. Also shown are 2009 American Community Survey data describing disconnected pockets of the population whose primary language is something other than English.

Distribution of Limited English Proficiency Students

CURRENT STATE

Almost 20% of Central Texans feel to some degree limited by their English language proficiency; these families are highly concentrated within the region.

IDEAL STATE

All Central Texans attain a literacy level that provides the foundation to lead successful and productive lives.

CONTEXT

Literacy is one of the primary benefits of education and a significant equity concern in that the lack of basic literacy can diminish or prevent access to economic opportunities or full participation in one’s broader community.

ADDITIONAL MEASURES

Parents Feeling Limited by English Proficiency Skills

Public Library Circulation, Items, Visits

Adult Enrollment in Literacy Programs