Parent Waivers

Updated ELL Identification and Continued Eligibility of English as a New Language Services

In order to align with NYSED's current COVID-19 Guidance, the Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages (OBEWL) has created a revised Parent Notification Letter. This letter has been translated into the 10 languages most commonly spoken by English Language Learners (ELLs) in New York State. 

Districts and schools may use this letter to inform them of their child's ELL Identification status and the continued provision of English as a New Language (ENL) services. 

Due to the cancellation of the 2020 New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT), ELLs will be provided services based on their previously determined English language proficiency level. 

This updated letter replaces the existing Parent Notification letters for the 2020-2021 school year and can be used until further guidance regarding ELL Identification and NYSESLAT testing is issued by NYSED. 

Parent Waiver for Remote Learning Students

Because the NYSITELL must be administered in person, parents whose children have been provisionally identified as ELLs who are receiving entirely remote instruction may use the attached file to submit a temporary waiver of the NYSITELL. Such students will remain provisionally identified pursuant to the Home Language Questionnaire and individual interview, both of which may be conducted remotely until they cease to receive fully remote instruction because of their parent or district switches to an in-person or hybrid setting. Students who are provisionally identified may receive ELL services in accordance with NYSED’s previous guidance and progress monitoring, but may not be reported as ELLs.

New York State English Language Learner Assessments

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 New York State 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

Schools are permitted to provide testing accommodations to ELLs on New York State assessments. Former ELLs are also eligible for testing accommodations for two years after exiting ELL status. Click on the link below for specific accommodation details. 

ELL students with testing accommodations can take this card to testing sites to remind those administering tests of their use of accommodations. 

ENL Report Card Templates Developed by the L.I RBERN Report Card Committee in August 2016

For more information on assessments for English Language Learners, contact 
Professional Development Specialist
Mid-West RBERN
Monroe 2 Orleans BOCES
Ph: 585-352-2711

Mid-West RBERN Progress Monitoring Toolkit

This progress monitoring tool is available to teachers looking for an informal way to assess students based on the NYSESLAT ToMs. It was developed by a team of ENL teachers from the region. The toolkit is a working document and will be updated continually. At this point, materials for Speaking and Listening are available and we are looking for more ENL teachers to join us for future work. Click here to access a copy of the toolkit. 
Mid-West RBERN Progress Monitoring toolkit graphic