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New Mexico

As of the 2007-2008 school year, New Mexico's schools were home to more than 60,600 English language learners (ELLs), which marks a 15% decrease from the 1997-98 school year (NCELA, 2010). The top five languages or language groups spoken by ELLs in New Mexico are Spanish, Navajo, Zuni, Vietnamese, and North American Indian languages (EPE, 2009).

New Mexico is a member of WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment), joining in 2008. 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: New Mexico Public Education Department

ELL Website: Bilingual and Multicultural Education NCLB Title III

Laws & Regulations

The following documents offer additional information about statewide ELL regulations:

ELL Identification

Home Language Survey: Required (See Placement Criteria for ELLs Memorandum* for more information.)

Placement Exam: WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test

ELP Standards & Assessment

ELP Standards: New Mexico uses the WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards.

For more information, see the New Mexico English Language Development Standards PreK-12 Guide, which also includes information about aligning the ELP standards to content-area standards. 


Statewide Standards-Based Assessment

Assessment: New Mexico Statewide Assessment Program

ELL Accommodations: See NMSAP information for the accommodations guide.

Additional Information

NCLEA: Title III Information

WIDA: New Mexico Contact Information

Common Core State Standards: Yes

Statewide Organizations

AFT New Mexico

AFT New Mexico is the State Affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers.

NEA-New Mexico

NEA-New Mexico 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.

New Mexico Association for Bilingual Education

The mission of NMABE is to foster, encourage, and promote bilingualism for all children in an environments that nurtures the rich cultural and linguistic diversity of the state through advocacy, professional development, networking and current research application and dissemination.

New Mexico State Parent Information Resource Centers

The New Mexico Parent Information and Resource Center (NM PIRC) provides resources and strategies to parents, educators and others working with children focused on informed decisions and meaningful partnerships that promote child development and successful achievement in school.


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. New Mexico Rate of EL Growth (1997/98-2007/08). Compiled July 2010 and retrieved from

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