Childrens Report Card

Sacramento County Childrens Coalition

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Race / Ethnicity

Sacramento County’s population is becoming more diverse, particularly in the population under the age of 25. For the Under 25 population, no race or ethnic group constitutes a majority of the population. The diversity is resulting both from births in the county, as well as migration.  A corollary of the diversity is languages spoken. With more than 50 languages spoken, 17% of Sacramento County’s student population are English Language Learners.

Population by Race/Ethnicity

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Why is this important?

  • Different cultures have different perceptions, assumptions, and expectations.  Therefore, cultural considerations must be accounted for in the design and delivery of policies and services.

How are we doing?

  • Sacramento County's population is becoming more diverse.
  • For the population under 25, the proportion of the population that is a racial/ethnic minority has increased from 56% (2004) to 64% of the population in 2013.
  • The under 25 Hispanic population has experienced the most growth, increasing from 24% in 2004 to 30% in 2013.
  • 46% of all Hispanic residents in Sacramento County are under the age of 25, compared to 39% of African American, 34% of Asian, and 27% of white residents.

English Language Learners (ELL)

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Why is this important?

  • Proficiency in the English language is critical to success in school and career opportunities.

How are we doing?

  • At 17%, the proportion of English Language Learners remains lower in Sacramento County than Statewide (22%)
  • The total number of English Language Learners in Sacramento County has decreased each year since 2005-06.  Over that time period, the total number of English Language Learners has decreased from 46,000 to 40,000.
  • The proportion of English Language Learners decreased (from 19% to 17%) between 2002-03 and 2011-12.
  • As a proportion of the student population, English Language Learners decrease with age, however, more than one-in-four (28%) Sacramento County public school students started Kindergarten with English as a second language.

Language Diversity

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Why is this important?

  • The diversity of languages speaks to the diverse backgrounds of students within the school. Providing sufficient supports and tools for each student and population group presents both resource and logistical challenges, however, comprehension of the English language is a fundamental building block for success in all academic areas.

How are we doing?

  • There are more than 50 different languages spoken in the homes of Sacramento County students.
  • Although Spanish is the most common language spoken at home, there are 6 different languages spoken by at least 1,000 students.
  • Sacramento County has heavy concentrations of Ukrainian, Russian, Hmong, Hindi, and Mien speakers as compared to elsewhere across the state.
  • While Mien did not make the 10 ten languages spoken by English Language Learners, Sacramento County is home to 40% of California's Mien speaking population.

Data Source Race/Ethnicity: California Department of Finance

Data Source English Language Learners: California Department of Education

Last Updated on Monday, 24 June 2013 10:24