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

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

More than 4900 English Language Learners (ELLs) attend New Hampshire schools. ELL students speak 136 languages; the most commonly spoken are: Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Bosnian, Russian, Arabic, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Maay, and Nepali. While the majority of ELLs 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 ESOL office assists schools in providing the best possible education for these children.

Assessment of English Language Proficiency New Hampshire English Language Proficiency Standards
ESOL State Guidance Acrobat Reader Resources
Program Documentation Forms Title III: Language Instruction for Limited English Proficient (LEP) and Immigrant Students

“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:

Andrea Somoza-Norton, Ed.D.
Title III State Director
(603) 271-2034

Marie Blanchard
Program Assistant
(603) 271-3196

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