New Mexico: ELL Resources

Map of New Mexico

As of the 2016-2017 school year, New Mexico’s schools were home to more than 44,500 English language learners. As of the 2014-2015 school year, the most common three languages spoken by ELLs in New Mexico were Spanish, Navajo, and Nias. (U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics)

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

NCELA: 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.

Research and Reports

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.