Nevada: ELL Resources

Map of Nevada

As of the 2016-2017 school year, Nevada’s schools were home to over 75,000 English language learners. As of the 2014-2015 school year, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in Nevada were Spanish, Filipino, Tagalog, Chinese, and Vietnamese. (U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics)

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

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 State Assessments

Additional Information

NCELA: Title III Information

WIDA: Nevada Contact Information

Common Core State Standards: Yes

ESSA: Nevada ESSA State Plan

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.

Professional Language Association of Nevada (PLAN)

The mission of PLAN is:

  1. To stimulate the interest of all peoples everywhere in the learning and preserving of skills in world languages;
  2. To foster discussion and interchange of ideas relative to the study and teaching of  languages;
  3. To recognize excellence in the study and teaching of world languages through participation in the activities of the Association;
  4. To support language instructors at all levels (primary, secondary, post-secondary) by providing resources and establishing relationships with other educators;
  5. To join with affiliate organizations at state, regional and national levels in advocating for the learning of world languages.

Nevada PEP

The mission of Nevada PEP is to increase the opportunities for home, community and school success for children with disabilities, including those who are at risk or who have serious emotional disturbances, their families and their service providers, through education, encouragement and empowerment activities.

Nevada: Seal of Biliteracy

Nevada adopted the Seal of Biliteracy in 2015. 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.

Note: Regulations change with time. These guidelines were compiled in January of 2012 and updated in January 2020. If you see something that needs updating, please send an e-mail to Colorín Colorado. For more detailed information regarding ELL guidelines and policies at the state and federal levels, please see the following:


National Center for Education Statistics. (2018.) English language learner (ELL) students enrolled in public elementary and secondary schools, by state: Selected years, fall 2000 through fall 2016. 

U.S. Department of Education. Our Nation’s English Learners. Most Common Non-English Languages Spoken by English Learners.