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.