New Hampshire: ELL Resources

Map of New Hampshire

As of 2019, New Hampshire’s schools were home to more than 4,500 English language learners. In recent years, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in New Hampshire have been Spanish, Nepali, Arabic, Chinese, and Vietnamese. (U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics)

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.

Note: For additional state-by-state data and information, see New America's English Learner Accountability Hub.

State ELL Resources

ELL Website:  English to speakers of other languages (ESOL) program, K-12

NCELA: Title III Information

WIDA: Statewide Contact Information

Statewide 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.

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.

Note: Regulations change with time. These guidelines were compiled in January of 2012 and updated in May 2022. 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:


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