New Hampshire: ELL Resources

As of the 2012-13 school year, New Hampshire's schools were home to more than 4,000 English language learners (ELLs), which marks a 34% increase from the 2002-2003 school year (Migration Policy Institute, 2015). Currently, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in New Hampshire are Spanish, Nepali, Arabic, Chinese, and Vietnamese.

New Hampshire is a member of WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment), joining in 2003. 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 Hampshire Department of Education

ELL Website:  English to speakers of other languages [ESOL] program, K-12

Title III Website: Title III:  Language instruction for limited English proficient students K-12

ELP Standards & Assessment

ELP Standards: WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards

ELP Assessment: WIDA-ACCESS for ELLs

Statewide Standards-Based Assessment

Bureau of Instructional Support and Student Assessment

Additional Information

NCELA: Title III Information

WIDA: Statewide Contact Information

ESSA: New Hampshire ESSA State Plan

Statewide Organizations

AFT-New Hampshire

AFT-NH is the State Affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers.

NEA-New Hampshire

NEA-New Hampshire 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.

Parent Information Center of New Hampshire

The Parent Information Center (PIC), a New Hampshire statewide family organization, strives to achieve positive outcomes for children and youth, with a focus on those with disabilities and special healthcare needs. This is achieved through its partnerships with families, educators, youth, professionals and organizations.

Northern New England Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

NNETESOL serves all ESL professionals in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont working in private and public K-12 schools, post secondary schools, and adult education programs.

New Hampshire: Seal of Biliteracy

New Hampshire is in the early stages of the Seal of Biliteracy.  The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by a school, district, or state in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation.



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.