New Mexico: ELL Resources

As of the 2012-13 school year, New Mexico's schools were home to more than 59,000 English language learners (ELLs), which marks a 10% decrease from the 2002-2003 school year (Migration Policy Institute, 2015). Currently, the most common languages spoken by ELLs in New Mexico are Spanish, Navajo, Nias, and Vietnamese.

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

ELP Standards & Assessment

ELP Standards: WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards

ELP Assessment: WIDA-ACCESS for ELLs

ELL Identification: New Mexico Resources for Screening and Assessing ELLs

Statewide Standards-Based Assessment

Assessment: New Mexico Statewide Assessment Program

Additional Information

NCLEA: Title III Information

WIDA: New Mexico Contact Information

Common Core State Standards: Yes

ESSA: New Mexico ESSA State Plan


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.

Parents Reaching Out

Parents Reaching Out is a non-profit organization that works with parents, caregivers, educators, and other professionals to promote healthy, positive and caring experiences for families and children.

New Mexico: Seal of Biliteracy

New Mexico adopted the Seal of Biliteracy in 2014. 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.

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