NYSITELL and NYSESLAT Parent Guides
Two Different Tests for English Language Learners.
How are they different?
New York State Identification Test for English Language Learners (NYSITELL)
The purpose of the NYSITELL is to assess the English language level of new students whose home or primary language is other than English. Your child’s score on the NYSITELL (Entering, Emerging, Transitioning, Expanding, or Commanding) will determine if he or she is entitled to receive English Language Learner (ELL) services and will determine the level of English language support. The results will also help teachers plan the best program for your child based on his or her strengths and needs in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English. A guide to this assessment can be found below and has been translated into 22 languages.
New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT)
The NYSESLAT is given to all students who are identified as English Language Learners (ELLs) and Multilingual Learners (MLs) by the New York State Identification Test for English Language Learners (NYSITELL). The purpose of the NYSESLAT is to annually assess the English language proficiency level of ELLs and MLs enrolled in Grades K–12 in New York State schools. The test gives the state, schools, parents, and teachers important information about the English language development of ELLs and MLs. A guide to this assessment can be found below and has been translated into 22 languages.
This document is intended to help families, students, educators, and the public to better understand the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT), and interpret the 2017 NYSESLAT Score Report for each English Language Learner (ELL) and Multilingual Learner (ML).
It is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Russian, and Bengali.