New Hampshire: ELL Resources

As of the 2012-13 school year, New Hampshire's schools were home to more than 4,000 English language learners (ELLs), which marks a 34% increase from the 2002-2003 school year (Migration Policy Institute, 2015). Currently, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in New Hampshire are Spanish, Nepali, Arabic, Chinese, and Vietnamese.

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

ELL Identification

Home Language Survey: New Hampshire offers Home Language Survey and other related forms for ELL documentation on its website.

Placement Exam: WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT)

ELP Standards & Assessment

ELP Standards: WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards


Alignment with Content-Area Standards:

With funding from a UNH professional development grant, New Hampshire ESOL and mainstream teachers have worked for the last three years on aligning the English Language Proficiency Standards with New Hampshire's Content Standards. Under the direction of Dr. Suzanne Irujo, this professional learning community has completed the alignment of standards for high school and middle school. In the coming year, the group will revise and finalize a draft alignment document for the elementary level.

Statewide Standards-Based Assessment

Assessment: NH Educational Improvement and Assessment Program [NHEIAP]

In addition, the New Hampshire Department of Education, Rhode Island Department of Education, and Vermont Department of Education have developed a common set of Grade-Level Expectations, known as the New England Common Assessment Program Grade-Level Expectations (NECAP GLEs), and test specifications in Mathematics, Reading, and Writing. Building on the success of the NECAP collaboration in Mathematics, Reading, and Writing, the states have developed common assessment targets and test specifications for Science. Grade-Span Expectations (GSEs) for high school students in Mathematics, Reading and Writing have been developed for grades 9-10 and 11-12.

Additional Information

Title III

WIDA: Statewide Contact Information

Statewide Organizations

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.

New Hampshire State Parent Information Resource Centers

The New Hampshire State PIRC builds the capacity of parents and school personnel to effectively communicate, expand parent involvement education, build strong school-family-community partnerships, and link families to community resources.

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.



Ruiz Soto, Ariel G., Sarah Hooker, and Jeanne Batalova. 2015. States and Districts with the Highest Number and Share of English Language Learners. Washington, DC: Migration Policy Institute.

Ruiz Soto, Ariel G., Sarah Hooker, and Jeanne Batalova. 2015. Top Languages Spoken by English Language Learners Nationally and by State. Washington, DC: Migration Policy Institute.