Nevada: ELL Resources

As of the 2012-13 school year, Nevada's schools were home to more than 77,000 English language learners (ELLs), which marks a 32% increase from the 2002-2003 school year (Migration Policy Institute, 2015). Currently, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Nevada are Spanish, Tagalog, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Amharic.

Nevada is a member of WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment). WIDA is a consortium of states dedicated to the design and implementation of high standards and equitable educational opportunities for English language learners which offers states programming for identifying and annually assessing the English language development of its English learners.

State ELL Resources

State Agency: Nevada Department of Education (NDE)

ELL Website: Nevada ELL Website

ELP Standards & Assessment

ELP Standards: WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards

ELP Assessment: WIDA-ACCESS for ELLs

Statewide Standards-Based Assessment

Assessment: Nevada Proficiency Examination Program (NPEP)

Additional Information

NCELA: Title III Information

WIDA: Nevada Contact Information

Common Core State Standards: Yes


Statewide Organizations

Nevada State Education Association

Nevada State Education Association is a National Education Association State Affiliate that regularly lobbies legislators for the resources schools need, campaigns for higher professional standards for the teaching profession, and files legal actions to protect academic freedom and the rights of school employees.

Nevada State Parent Information Resource Centers

The Nevada State Parent Information & Resource Center at the Education Alliance of Washoe County is a federally-funded program that helps implement successful and effective parental involvement policies, programs, and activities that lead to improvements in student academic achievement and that strengthen partnerships among parents, teachers, principals, administrators, and other school personnel in meeting the educational needs of children.



Ruiz Soto, Ariel G., Sarah Hooker, and Jeanne Batalova. 2015. States and Districts with the Highest Number and Share of English Language Learners. Washington, DC: Migration Policy Institute.

Ruiz Soto, Ariel G., Sarah Hooker, and Jeanne Batalova. 2015. Top Languages Spoken by English Language Learners Nationally and by State. Washington, DC: Migration Policy Institute.

Office of English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students. Nevada Rate of EL Growth (1997/98-2007/08). Compiled July 2010 and retrieved from