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The English learner (EL) population in the United States has expanded by approximately 60% from 1996 to 2006 (Source: New York Times March 2009)

California has the largest and fastest growing English learner student population comprising approximately one-third of California's elementary school students and one-quarter of all K-12 students (National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition and Language Instruction Educational Programs; U.S. Department of Education; California Department of Education - Data Quest 2010)

A survey conducted by The National Center for Education Statistics in 2002, found that 67% of teachers in urban cities never participated in professional development for addressing the needs of English Language Learners (Lewis, Parsad, Carey, Bartfai, Smerdon, & Green, 1999)