Students with Interrupted Formal Education (SIFE)

Students with Interrupted Formal Education (SIFE)

SIFE is defined as: "English Language Learners (ELLs) who have attended schools in the United States (the 50 States and the District of Columbia) for less than twelve month and who, upon initial enrollment in such 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 United States.”

CR 154-2.2(y)
*United States means 50 State + the District of Columbia

SIFE with Developing Literacy

SIFE with Developing Literacy or SDL, are a sub-group of SIFE with home language literacy at 3rd grade or below when entering a NYS secondary school. This is a distinct group of SIFE who have not yet developed foundational literacy in their home language.
NSYED and CUNY NYSIEB have partnered with Bridges to Academic Success to create a curriculum to meet the challenges of this specific group of students. Curriculum and supporting instructional videos linked below.

Multilingual Literacy SIFE Screener Updates

There are some exciting changes coming to the MLS! These updates are scheduled to go live on May 16, 2022.

The Spanish reading comprehension test, and math tests has been updated in 5 languages. These improvements will increase the range of possible grade placements (to K-9 for reading comprehension and 1-9 for math), provide more specific information about student performance as measured by NGLS standard in the PDF reports, and shorten average testing time.

There will be two virtual Multilingual SIFE screen training sessions for new users and current users who want to learn about the May 2022 updates. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO.

Contact Us

For more information about SIFE identification, placement, and programming, please contact:
Jennifer Raponi
Professional Development Specialist
Mid-West RBERN
Monroe 2 Orleans BOCES
Ph: (585) 352-2757
Fax: (585) 352-2613