NYSESLAT Family 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 valuable 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 11 – May 6Speaking session test window (one-on-one testing)* This window will be interrupted by Spring Break on April 15 – 24. *
May 9 – 20Session 1, 2, 3  test window for listening, reading and writing

There are absolutely no make-ups after May 20th.  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 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 in writing or at (718) 372-0221.

📌 For more information about the NYSESLAT, please visit: 


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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