America’s classrooms are growing more diverse. America’s teachers have some catching up to do. 10 percent of all public school students are English as a Second Language learners (ESL), meaning they have limited English proficiency. But less than 1 percent of public school teachers are ESL instructors.
That means there’s just one ESL instructor for every 150 ESL students. The standard classroom ratio across America is one teacher for every 15 students.
Be sure to click on today's animated infographic to see these ratios illustrated. Share it with a teacher or student to see what they think. Then join our discussion below. What obligation do you think a school district has to meet ESL demand with appropriate instructors?