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As of the 2007-2008 school year, Nevada's schools were home to more than 134,000 English language learners (ELLs), which marks a 341% increase from the 1997-1998 school year (NCELA, 2010). The top five languages or language groups spoken by ELLs in Nevada are Spanish, Tagalog, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Italian (EPE, 2009).

State ELL Resources

State Agency: Nevada Department of Education (NDE)

ELL Website: Title III can be found under Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Resources

ELL Manual: NDE ESL Program Outline* (PDF)

Laws & Regulations

The following documents offer additional information about statewide ELL regulations:
Nevada Administrative Code, Section 388.600, Instruction of Certain Pupils Whose Primary Language Is Not English

ELL Identification

Instructions are included in the NDE ESL Program Outline.*

ELP Standards & Assessment

ELP Standards: Nevada State ESL Standards

ELP Assessment: English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA)

ELL Instruction

See the following for information on state regulations regarding ELL instruction: Nevada Administrative Code, Section 388.605, 388.615, and 388.40.

Statewide Standards-Based Assessment

Assessment: Nevada Proficiency Examination Program* (NPEP),

ELL Accommodations:

Additional Information

NCELA: Title III 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.


Editorial Projects in Education (EPE). "Most Common Non-English Languages Spoken by ELL Youths, by State." Perspectives on a Population: English-Language Learners in American Schools (Education Week's Quality Counts 2009 Report). Pg. 13. Retrieved from January 2009.

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

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