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
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
NCELA: Title III Information
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.
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.
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 is in the early stages of the Seal of Biliteracy with a pilot program underway at the local level in Manchester. 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.
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. http://www.migrationpolicy.org/research/states-and-districts-highest-number-and-share-english-language-learners
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. http://www.migrationpolicy.org/research/number-and-growth-students-us-schools-need-english-instruction-2009