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English Language Learners


This session will have general information for families of Multilingual Learners (ML)/ English Language Learners (ELL).  

  • All initial testing for newly admitted students will be completed by the 10th day of school (9/20/23). 
  • Individual student assessment results from NYSITELL (New York State Identification Test for English Language Learnersand NYSESLAT (New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test)  (Entitlement/ Non-Entitlement letters) will be sent home before the 20th  day of school (10/5/23). 


Identifying English Language Learners

All parents and guardians of newly enrolled students must complete a Home Language Identification Survey which includes an interview with the child as well. 


If your responses show that your child speaks a language other than English at home, the school will  give your child the New York State Identification Test for English Language Learners. (NYSITELL)


This test measures your child’s understanding of English and determines their entitlement to Multilingual Learner (ML)/ English Language Learner (ELL) services for the current school year.


If you and/or your child’s teacher(s) think your child has been misidentified as needing or not needing ML/ELL services contact Mrs. Puma at [email protected], (718) 351-5454, or on Class Dojo as soon as possible.


Tests for ML/ ELL students

Explanation of Language Proficiency Levels








Characteristics of the Learner

  • Negligible academic language
  • Not ready to actively produce language
  • Single word and gesture responses
  • 0-1,000 receptive word vocabulary
  • Very limited academic language
  • Short phrases, many mistakes in grammar
  • 1,000-6,000 word vocabulary
  • Learning Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills
  • Limited academic language
  • Simple sentences
  • Responds orally and in written form
  • Up to 7,000 word vocabulary
  • Reading, writing, speaking and listening skills will be abstract
  • Fluent academic language
  • Can communicate thoughts
  • Can produce connected narrative
  • Up to 12,000 word vocabulary
  • Functions somewhat on academic level with peers
  • Advanced academic language
  • Beyond 12,000 word vocabulary
  • Functions on an academic level with peers
  • Exits from ELL services after 2 years of transition

Minutes of Instruction

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