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
NCELA: Title III Information
WIDA: New Mexico Contact Information
Common Core State Standards: Yes
ESSA: New Mexico ESSA State Plan
AFT New Mexico
AFT New Mexico is the State Affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers.
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.