ESOL K-12- English for Speakers of Other Languages
Support for students who speak other languages.
EL & Title III Program Newsletters
English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards and Assessments
New Hampshire uses the WIDA ELP standards and assessments and has approved the following WIDA screening tools for initial ELP identification.
All NH students identified as English learners must be assessed annually using the WIDA ACCESS or Alternate ACCESS test. Please visit our WIDA state specific page for more information.
Federal law requires that English learner (EL) students be assessed annually to measure English language proficiency (ELP) in reading, writing, speaking and listening. ACCESS for ELLs is New Hampshire’s approved ELP assessment administered to EL students in Kindergarten through Grade 12.
For English learners with the most significant cognitive disabilities, the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs, is the state adopted alternate English language proficiency (ELP) assessment. Students who have an IEP that requires administration of the DLM for the general assessment should take the Alternate ACCESS test.
New Hampshire Statewide Assessment System
All English Language Learner students are required to participate in the statewide assessment system for their grade. Please refer to the NHDOE Assessment Policy and Procedures Manual for more details.
A team of educators, which includes the school’s NH Certified ESOL teacher, must determine the accommodations for English Learners. Evidence of this decision making process must be maintained by the school and made available during assessment monitoring. An EL student’s level of English proficiency must be considered when determining accommodations for statewide assessments. Please refer to the New Hampshire Statewide Assessments - Documentation of Accommodations for ELs.
ESOL Program Resources
- NHDOE Guidance-Identification and Placement of English Learners
- EL Reclassification & Exit Criteria
- Reclassification is the process whereby a student is reclassified from English learner (EL) to Fluent English Proficient (FEP) status. Typically, reclassification happens when a student achieves English proficiency as measured by the state approved English language proficiency (ELP) assessment. Reclassification may be initiated by a school outside of this standard process anytime during the school year, except during the annual ELP testing window, by submitting a Request for Reclassification of EL Students
State Approved Home Language Survey (HLS)
EL Data Maintenance in i4see, ESOL Database
- Required ESOL Data Submission Dates in i4see
- TA Guidance: ESOL Roster Updates in i4see
- Additional Technical Assistance: Recorded Webinars
If you are interested in additional funding for servicing your English Language Learning students, please see Title III for more information.
Professional Learning: Current & Ongoing Opportunities
- NHED Professional Learning Opportunities: 2023-2024 Calendar
- WIDA Self-Paced Professional Learning Workshops - Free and Open to All NH Educators
- Subscribe to the NHDOE Statewide EL Educator’s Listserv for monthly updates
- ExcEL Leadership Academy: Facilitated by UCLA Center X Northeast Region
State EL Advisory Committee (SELAC)
Janna Jobel, EL Education Consultant