ENL Progress Monitoring
Specific standardized assessments are used to identify the level and proficiency of ELLs.
- NYSITELL (New York State Identification Test for English Language Learners)The State Education Department mandates that each student entering the district, whose family indicates on the Home Language Survey that another language is spoken at home, must be given the NYSITELL to determine the level of English proficiency (Entering, Emerging, Transitioning, Expanding, Commanding).
- NYSESLAT: Each Spring in compliance with the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) all ELLs statewide are administered the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test BROKEN LINK (NYSESLAT) to measure their progress toward meeting NYS ENL standards. This test measures a student’s proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
- New York State Content Area Assessments: Assessments in Math, Science and Social Studies are given to students regardless of their ELL status. Students have the option of taking certain exams in either English or their native language depending on factors outlined by NYS.
These assessments are conducted on both a formal and informal basis. All students, regardless of ELL status, are administered district-mandated assessments.