As of the 2016-2017 school year, New Hampshire’s schools were home to a little over 4,000 English language learners. As of the 2014-2015 school year, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in New Hampshire were 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.
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
NCELA: Title III Information
WIDA: Statewide Contact Information
ESSA: New Hampshire ESSA State Plan
AFT-NH is the State Affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers.
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.