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English Language Learner (ELL) Identification and Placement for Recently Arrived Children and Youth

August 16, 2023

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) announced information on available flexibility to the English Language Learner (ELL) Identification and Placement Timeline for districts that have been impacted by the influx of asylum seekers and other recently arrived students. This flexibility will extend the timeline (i.e., the deadline for administering the NYSITELL) from 10 school days to 30 school days. 

In order to claim this flexibility, LEAs must submit a form affirming the arrival of these students in their communities and providing information about these students and their previous ELL population. Superintendents and charter school leaders can access this form through the SED Business Portal.  

Click here to access and download this memorandum.

Further questions regarding LEA eligibility or any other aspect of the ELL identification timeline waiver can be directed to our office at