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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.

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: 9/4/20