Older Adolescent and Young Adult English Learners: A Study of Demographics, Policies, and Programs
This document summarizes the findings and implications of a study of the demographic characteristics, educational attainment, and employment status of older adolescent and young adult English learners, ages 14 – 21. Using relevant American Community Survey (ACS) data, the study “Older Adolescent and Young Adult English Learners: A Study of Demographics, Policies, and Programs,” found that young adult ELs are demographically diverse, have considerably lower educational attainment than non-ELs, are less likely to be enrolled in any secondary or postsecondary education, are also significantly more likely to drop out of high school, and those who are not enrolled in secondary or postsecondary education are more likely than non-ELs to be employed full time.
- Research questions
- Overview of methodology
- Key findings
- Recommendations for further research and Implications of findings
- An infographic that visually depicts key findings
This study is significant because it documents educational, linguistic, and socioeconomic factors related to the interrupted formal education experienced by many young adult ELs. Results of the study will be used to inform, strengthen and expand educational and technical assistance services, as well as further research efforts, to meet the educational needs of this under-studied population which is at a particularly high risk for experiencing poor socioeconomic outcomes as adults.