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Bilingual Education & English as a New Language

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.

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.

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.

Parent Orientation Video: English Language Learner (ELL) Programs in New York State

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!

Updated: 10/06/20