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Interactive Map: A Closer Look at Austin's English Language Learners

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Check out the interactive version of this map, below.

About 850,000 students in Texas are English language learners. That’s one in every six students, and their numbers are growing fast.

Last year, the State of Texas spent an average of $234 per English learning student.  By contrast, the Austin school district spent nearly $1,300 dollars per English learning student. That's five times the state average.

The maps below show the geographic distribution of the multilingual population of Austin ISD Area, by percent, as compared to Student Enrollment in AISD Bilingual or ESL programs, ages 5-17.

* These maps do not account for students between the ages of 5-17 that may attend charter schools, private schools or are homeschooled. Some margins of error are very high within a census tract because the area population is an estimate over a 5-year period.

High Schools: 

  • Gradations of Blue  –The darker the hue, the higher the percentage of multilingual speakers for that area. Click on a census tract to view the total population of the census tract area.
  • Red Points – Location of individual High schools within the school zone. Click on a point to view the enrollment figures for a particular school.
  • Red Boundary Lines - Show the census tracts that feed into each particular school within the zone.

Middle Schools 

  • Gradations of Blue  –The darker the hue, the higher the percentage of multilingual speakers for that area. Click on a census tract to view the total population of the census tract area.
  • Purple Points – Points show the location of individual Middle schools within the school zone. Click on a point to view the enrollment figures for a particular school. 
  • Purple Boundary Lines - Show the census tracts that feed into each particular school within the zone.

Elementary Schools 

  • Gradations of Blue –The darker the hue, the higher the percentage of multilingual speakers for that area. Click on a census tract to view the total population of the census tract area.
  • Blue Points– Points show the location of individual Elementary schools within the school zone. Click on a point to view the enrollment figures for a particular school.
  • Blue Boundary Lines – Show the census tracts that feed into each particular school within the zone.

Sources: 

Beth Cortez-Neavel is a Digital Team member and web editor for the Texas Standard. She started in radio as a KUT intern in 2009 and returned to the Standard as part of its digital team in April 2015. She’s been happily working behind the scenes since. Beth has a M.A. in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. She loves long-form news and radio. Her work has appeared on the Texas Observer, the Austin Monitor, KUT and the Austin-American-Statesman.
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