NYSESLAT Parent Letter

Dear Parent/Guardian(s),

The NYSESLAT is given to all students who are identified as ELL/MLL 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/MLLs 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/MLLs. 

The NYSESLAT includes multiple choice, short written response questions, long written response questions, and oral response questions in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English. Your child must take all parts of the test in order to receive a valid score. The questions on the NYSESLAT reflect the kinds of activities and tasks that your child would experience in the classroom.

Your child will be tested within the testing windows noted below:

April 26 – June 9Speaking session test window (one-on-one testing)
May 17 – June 9Session 1, 2, 3  test window

Please note:

*All in-person ELLs will be taking the NYSESLAT.  

*All remote-ONLY students and their parents have already been surveyed with the option of opting in for the NYSESLAT earlier this month.  

*By May 7th, parents of remote-only students will receive a phone call of their scheduled 2-day window for when their child should come to take the NYSESLAT. 

*If there are any questions, please contact your child’s ELL teacher.  

There are absolutely no make-ups after June 9th.  It is paramount that your child(ren) attend school during this window or they will receive an invalid score.  If they receive an invalid score, his or her level will then default to the previous year’s results. If your child attend IN-PERSON SCHOOL, and you have plans to take your child out of school at any time during the dates noted above, please contact Mrs. Rivera at jleung@schools.nyc.gov, or your child’s ESL/ENL teacher at (718) 372-0221 or by note at your earliest convenience.

For more information about the NYSESLAT, please visit: 


To access the Parent Guide on the NYSESLAT:


The NYSESLAT parent guide is available in 22 languages, including Chinese, Spanish, Arabic, Urdu, Russian, Albanian and Uzbek.

For samples of test questions, please visit: https://www.engageny.org/resource/new-york-state-english-a-second-language-achievement-test-nyseslat-sample-items-annotations 


Gregg Korrol


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