Tests for English Language Learners

New students who speak languages other than English at home must be assessed upon enrollment in order to determine their level of fluency in the English language. The New York State Identification Test for English Language Learners (NYSITELL) may be required to determine whether students must receive special services to help them learn English. 

Students who receive English as a second language assistance must take the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) each spring to measure their progress in listening, speaking, reading and writing in English. Students must continue to receive special language services until they achieve a Proficient score on all components of the NYSESLAT.

English Language Learners must participate in all state examinations in mathematics, science, and social studies, including Regents exams required for graduation. Students may take alternate versions of these examinations as translated to their native language.

ELLs who have been in the United States for less than one year are not required to take the state grade-level exam in English Language Arts. After the first year of residence in the United States, however, ELLs must also participate in the state ELA examination required for their grade level.

The following resources are provided for parents who seek additional information about the NYSESLAT:

  • Guide to Understanding the NYSESLAT Parent Report: English or Spanish