defines SIFE as ELLs who have attended schools in the U.S. for less
than twelve months and who, upon initial enrollment in schools, are two
or more years below grade level in literacy in their home language
and/or two or more years below grade level in math due to inconsistent
or interrupted schooling prior to arrival in the U.S. In NYS, SIFE make
up 8.7% of the total ELL population according to 2014-2015 NYSED data.