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Students with Inconsistent/Interrupted Formal Education (SIFE)

NYS 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. 


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