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Census Bureau Reports at least 350 Languages Spoken in U.S. Homes

Categories: Language,Native Americans,Population/Census,Statistics

Press release with links to tables that show variety of languages spoken in U.S. homes. Previously only 39 languages were covered by the American Community Survey. Also covers 150 different Native American languages. From the Census Bureau


Students Make Across-the-Board Gains on SOLs

Categories: Education,Language,Literacy/Reading,Mathematics,Science/Technology,Statistics,Tests/Assessments,Virginia Issues

Reports on outcome of 2014-15 Standards of Learning  tests in English, mathematics, history, and science in Virginia schools.  From the Virginia Department of Education


Strengthening Communities by Welcoming All Residents: A Federal Strategic Action Plan on Immigrant and Refugee Integration

Categories: Govt Processes/Organization,Immigration/Migration,Labor/Employment,Language,Presidency

Report of a presidential task force on a federal plan to improve existing pathways to naturalization, protect new American workers, expand opportunities for linguistic education, and generally strengthen federal immigrant and refugee integration infrastructure.  From the White House Task Force on New Americans


65+ in the United States: 2010

Statistics on the size and growth, socio-economic characteristics, geographic distribution, labor force participation, and longevity and health of the elderly population.  From the Census Bureau


English-Speaking Ability of the Foreign-Born Population in the United States: 2012

Categories: Education,Immigration/Migration,Language,Population/Census,Statistics


This report examines English use at home and English-speaking ability among the foreign-born, focusing on the relationships between English-speaking ability and place of birth, level of education, and years spent living in the U.S.  From the Census Bureau


U.S. Naturalization Policy

Categories: Immigration/Migration,Language,Laws/Regulations

Reviews naturalization requirements and the naturalization process, discusses recent trends, and analyzes issues for Congress in considering immigration reform. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Language Mapper

Categories: Language,Maps/Geography,Population/Census

Interactive map which displays penetration of languages spoken across the U.S.  Spanish and Chinese are now the major alternative languages to English in the U.S.  From the Census Bureau


Language Use in the United States: 2011

Categories: Headlines,Language,Population/Census,Statistics

Covers the number of people speaking languages other than English at home (now up to 20%)  and their ability to speak English, by selected social and demographic characteristics.  From the Census Bureau


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