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New York State Identification Test for English Language Learners (NYSITELL)

The NYSITELL is administered only once as part of the NYS Identification process for students who enter NYS schools, with a home language other than English, or re-enter after two consecutive years.

 

New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT)

The NYSESLAT is administered annually in spring to ELLs in grades K – 12 in all public and charter schools to determine English language proficiency and mandated services for the following year. Building principals receive ordering information in February of each year.

 

Testing Accommodations for ELLs

Please see Related Files at the bottom of this page and visit the NYSED page linked below.

Schools are permitted to provide testing accommodations on New York State assessments to ELLs.  Former ELLs are also eligible for testing accommodations for the 2 years after exiting ELL status.  

 


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Related Links
  • New York State Identification Test for English Language Learners (NYSITELL)
    The NYSITELL is administered only once as part of the NYS Identification process for students who enter NYS schools, with a home language other than English, or re-enter after two consecutive years.

  • New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test
    The NYSESLAT is administered annually in spring to ELLs in grades K – 12 in all public and charter schools to determine English language proficiency and mandated services for the following year. Building principals receive ordering information in February of each year.

  • English Language Learner/Multilingual Learner Assessment & Testing Accommodations
    Schools may provide testing accommodations to ELLs, as needed, on all NYS ELA and content-area assessments (i.e., Mathematics, Science and Social Studies). Districts/schools must make all necessary arrangements to make these accommodations available for ELLs who need them.

  • NYSED Bilingual Glossaries
    Bilingual glossaries are an essential and expected test accommodation for English Learners in the State of New York. This website presents glossaries for at least the top 10 state languages at the state level, but it is updated with new languages with requests from schools and updates in state data.

    These glossaries may also be used by teachers, test translators and interpreters, as well as school-based instructional materials developers. Most importantly, schools are advised to make these glossaries available for their ELLs as soon as they enter school; parents should also be given access to glossaries as an important school-parent relation on behalf of students.

    English language learners should take advantage of these documents as supplements to their texts as reference materials. New clean copies must be provided to students during all content tests, specially when taking their state examinations.

    Teachers are encouraged to use the glossaries as reference in preparing lessons. They should be of special value in classrooms where the teachers do not speak the targeted languages. It is important to point out that the translators of the state examinations should also use the glossaries when available to prepare the translations of the subject area tests.

  • RCSD Translated Glossaries
    An extensive list of linked translated glossaries by language, courtesy of Vicki Casarett of RCSD.

  • Kinyarwanda-English dictionary
    Bilingual word-to-word dictionary in Kinyarwanda-English

  • NYSED Examination Schedules
    ELLs are required to take all NYS assessments. However, ELLs are exempt from the ELA exam within their first year of enrollment.

  • NYSESLAT 2016 Conversion Chart

  • NYSESLAT results letters to parents
    Downloadable letters stating ELL service eligibility based on NYSESLAT results.