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English Language Proficiency Study (ELPS), 1982: [United States]

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Education
Free Keywords
adults; children; English as a Second Language; language; reading ability; reading comprehension
  • Abstract

    The purpose of this data collection was to provide estimates of the number of children in the United States with limited English proficiency from non-English backgrounds by state and by language. Tests of proficiency in reading, understanding, and producing English were administered to both adults and children from English and non-English language backgrounds. Characteristics such as age, sex, race, household relationship, Spanish origin, languages spoken at home, proficiency in speaking English, school enrollment, highest grade completed, country of birth, and parents' country of birth are shown for each person in the household enumerated. In addition, information is provided on household income and language usually spoken by that household.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1982
  • Collection date: 1982
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
The civilian noninstitutional population of the United States living in housing units and male members of the Armed Forces living in civilian housing units on a military base or in a household not on a military base.
Housing units were selected using a multi-stage, stratified probability sample. Within sampled households, pre-specified procedures were used to select one or more individuals to be tested for English language proficiency. Children over the age of five as well as adults were eligible for selection.
Collection Mode
  • Detailed information on the sample design of this study and on the reliability of the sample estimates is included in the documentation.

This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8974 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census (1989): English Language Proficiency Study (ELPS), 1982: [United States]. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.