ENL Testing Information


    The purpose of the New York State Identification Test for English Language Learners (NYSITELL) is to assess the English language level of new students whose home or primary language is other than English. Your child’s score on the NYSITELL (Entering, Emerging, Transitioning, Expanding, or Commanding) will determine if he or she is entitled to receive English Language Learner (ELL) services and will determine the level of English language support. The results will also help teachers plan the best program for your child based on his or her strengths and needs in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English. 



    The New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) is given to all students who are identified as English Language Learners (ELLs) and Multilingual Learners (MLs) 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 and MLs 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 and MLs. The test is given at South Middle School every Spring during the months of April and May. 


    Click here for a link to the New York State Education Department webpage which contains links to the NYSITELL and NYSESLAT Parent Guides, translated into 22 languages.