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English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program, K-12

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The mission of the ESOL Program is to ensure that all English Learners in New Hampshire are given an equitable, appropriate, and academically challenging education.

About 5,000 English Learners (ELs) attend New Hampshire schools. EL students speak 136 languages; the most commonly spoken are: Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Bosnian, Russian, Arabic, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Maay, and Nepali. While the majority of ELs have come to this state as immigrants with their families or as adoptees joining a new family, many were born in the US. Among the immigrants are numerous refugees who have been resettled in New Hampshire communities.

The New Hampshire Department of Education assists schools in providing the best possible education for these children.

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) English Learners with Disabilities Guide Acrobat Reader
Assessment of English Language Proficiency New Hampshire English Language Proficiency Standards

For ESOL Guidance, please go to the WIDA New Hampshire website at:

Title III: Language Instruction for English Learners (ELs) and Immigrant Students

Program Documentation Forms Resources & Links

"Dear Colleague Letter: English Learner Students and Limited English Proficient Parents,” from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Office and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) which outlines the legal obligations of state and local education agencies (SEAs and LEAs) to English learner (EL) students under civil rights laws and other federal requirements).

Follow this link to access information on the rights of English learners students:

2015 English Learner Tool Kit published by the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA)


Chapter 1 Identifying All English Learner Students

Chapter 2 Providing English Learners with a Language Assistance Program

Chapter 3 Staffing and Supporting an EL Program

Chapter 4 Meaningful Access to Core Curricular, Extra Curricular Programs

Chapter 5 Creating an Inclusive Environment and Avoiding Unnecessary Segregation

Chapter 6 Addressing English Learners with Disabilities

Chapter 7 Serving English Learners who Opt-Out of EL Programs

Chapter 8 Monitoring and Exiting English Learners from EL Programs and Services

Chapter 9 Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Districts EL Program

Chapter 10 Ensuring Meaningful Communication with Limited English Proficient Parents

Melissa White, Administrator
Bureau of Instructional Support

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