Parent Notification Resources
Parents/guardians must be notified promptly regarding a student's assessment results and English Language Learner status. OBEWL has created a series of parent notification letter templates, translated into multiple languages, that must be used to communicate with parents/guardians regarding a student's status. You may use the fill-in fields or recreate the letters on your district letterhead
Eligibility for ELL Services during COVID-19
A template for correspondence notifying parents and guardians of the student's eligibility for ELL services (including initial identification) that were determined during COVID-19 school closures. This is available in eleven languages.
Parent Waiver for Remote Learning Students
As the COVID-19 related school closures that resulted from the Governor’s Executive Order have ended, schools must complete the ELL identification process for all students who enrolled during the 2019-20 school closures, the summer of 2020, and during the 2020-21 school year. This requirement applies to students who choose all remote instruction when schools reopen in 2020-21, and to schools that voluntarily choose an all remote model when they reopen in 2020-21.
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.
This waiver must be submitted directly from the parent(s) to the school and must be maintained in the student’s record for a minimum of three years.
The waiver is currently available in English and other ten languages. Additional translations will be posted on this page as soon as possible.
NYSITELL Score/Entitlement to ELL Services
A template for correspondence notifying parents and guardians of the student's NYSITELL score results and eligibility for ELL services. This is available in seventeen languages.
NYSITELL Score/Non-eligibility for ELL Services
A template for correspondence notifying parents and guardians of the student's NYSITELL score results and non-eligibility for ELL services. This is available in seventeen languages.
NYSESLAT Score/Continued Eligibility
A template for correspondence notifying parents and guardians of the student's NYSESLAT score results and continued eligibility for ELL services. This is available in twenty-five languages.
Continued Eligibility--Chinese - Simplified
Continued Eligibility--Chinese - Traditional
NYSESLAT Score/Exit ELL Status Letter
A template for correspondence notifying parents and guardians of the student's NYSESLAT score results and exiting of ELL status. This is available in twenty-five languages.
Exit ELL Status--English
Exit ELL Status--Albanian
Exit ELL Status--Arabic
Exit ELL Status--Bengali
Exit ELL Status--Burmese
Exit ELL Status--Chinese-Simplified
Exit ELL Status--Chinese-Traditional
Exit ELL Status--French
Exit ELL Status--German
Exit ELL Status--Haitian
Exit ELL Status--Hindi
Exit ELL Status--Italian
Exit ELL Status--Japanese
Exit ELL Status--Karen
Exit ELL Status--Korean
Exit ELL Status--Nepali
Exit ELL Status--Portuguese
Exit ELL Status--Punjabi
Exit ELL Status--Russian
Exit ELL Status--Somali
Exit ELL Status--Spanish
Exit ELL Status--Swahili
Exit ELL Status--Ukrainian
Exit ELL Status--Urdu
Exit ELL Status--Uzbek
Exit ELL Status--Vietnamese
Student Placement Form
This form is available in twenty-five languages, translated into twenty-four languages other than English, must be used to notify parents/guardians about placement options.
Student Placement Form--English
Student Placement Form--Albanian
Student Placement Form--Arabic
Student Placement Form--Bengali
Student Placement Form--Burmese
Student Placement Form--Chinese - Simplified
Student Placement Form--Chinese - Traditional
Student Placement Form--French
Student Placement Form--German
Student Placement Form--Haitian Creole
Student Placement Form--Hindi
Student Placement Form--Italian
Student Placement Form--Japanese
Student Placement Form--Karen
Student Placement Form--Korean
Student Placement Form--Nepali
Student Placement Form--Portuguese
Student Placement Form--Punjabi
Student Placement Form--Russian
Student Placement Form--Somali
Student Placement Form--Spanish
Student Placement Form--Swahili
Student Placement Form--Ukrainian
Student Placement Form--Urdu
Student Placement Form--Uzbek
Student Placement Form--Vietnamese
This whiteboard animation video, which runs approximately twelve minutes, describes the English Language Learner identification and assessment process and outlines in detail various available program options. It also describes the differences between English as a New Language and the various Bilingual Education program models. You may have seen this video at the orientation at your child's school. If not, you can view it here and share it with others. The video is currently available in Arabic, Bengali, English, French, Haitian, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu with more translations to come!