New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT)
The NYSESLAT is given to all students who are identified as English Language Learners/Multilingual Learners (ELLs/MLLs) by the New York State Identification Test for English Language Learners (NYSITELL) in the spring of every school year. Your child’s score on the NYSESLAT (Entering, Emerging, Transitioning, Expanding, or Commanding) will determine if he or she continues to receive English Language Learner (ELL) services the next school year 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 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.