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NEW!

Bilingual Education Toolkit Briefs Released

The Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages is pleased to share the first three documents in the new NYSED Bilingual Education Toolkit:

  • Topic Brief 1: Policy and Regulation
  • Topic Brief 2: Principles and Philosophy
  • Appendix A: Glossary of Terms

The purpose of this toolkit is to support district leaders and teachers who are considering, starting, running, and/or maintaining quality Bilingual Education programs.

Additional topic briefs will be published soon to address The Seal of Biliteracy, Dual Language programs, Transitional Bilingual Education programs, Home Language Arts supports, Bilingual Special Education, and best practices.

Questions may be directed to the Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages at 518-474-8775 or obewl@nysed.gov

REMINDER: For the 2023 ELA & Mathematics State Examinations
"English Language Learners (ELLs)  Schools are permitted to exempt from the 2023 English Language Arts Tests only those English Language Learners (ELLs) (including those from Puerto Rico) who, on April 1, 2023, will have been attending school in the United States for the first time for less than one year.”

FYI: Requesting New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) Materials for Spring 2023

  • As a reminder, all NYSESLAT test materials for Spring 2023 will be requested through NYSED’s new contractor for the NYSESLAT, Pearson through their Pearson Access Next (PAN) system. The ordering system will continue to be open until February 17.
  • Information accessing PAN and ordering test materials from Pearson was distributed in December. Access to the system was granted to the principal of record in SEDREF (information for schools needing to update their SEDREF data is available here).
  • Note that the system does not produce confirmation emails, but schools can log in and verify their orders or contact Pearson’s Customer Support to confirm.
  • Please contact Pearson’s New York State Customer Support at 888-705-9415 Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (ET) with any questions about accessing PAN and/or requesting materials.
  • Contact the Office of State Assessment at 518-474-5902 or via email (emscassessinfo@nysed.gov) with any questions about NYSESLAT or student participation.

Important NYSESLAT information
Principals should have received Pearson Access Next (PAN) username and login credentials on January 6. The email was delivered from noreply@mail.pearsonaccessnext.com.
Instructions to place orders for the 2023 NYSESLAT have been updated to provide further clarification and are now available here.
If you have any questions about accessing PAN and/or ordering materials, please contact Pearson’s New York State Customer Support at 888-705-9415 and select option 2.
Representatives are available to provide support Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (ET).

FOR YOUR INFORMATION AND ACTION
Administration of the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) 

  • NYSESLAT is scheduled to be administered from April 17 through May 26, 2023, to English Language Learners (ELLs).
  • Speaking component of the NYSESLAT is scheduled to be administered from April 17 through May 26, 2023.
  • Listening/Reading/Writing components are scheduled to be administered from May 15 through May 26, 2023.

Requesting New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) Materials for Spring 2023

  • All NYSESLAT test materials for Spring 2023 will be requested through NYSED’s new contractor for the NYSESLAT, Pearson.
  • Information about ordering test materials from Pearson will be distributed later this month.
  • The ordering system is expected to open in mid-January for schools to submit their requests.
  • If you have any questions about the NYSESLAT, please email the Office of State Assessment (OSA) or call 518-474-8220.
  • If you need assistance with the identification of ELLs, please email the Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages or call 518-474-8775.

Delay in the Transition of New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) to Computer-Based Testing (October 2022)

Cultural 

Culturally Responsive Back-to-School Titles for Students and Educators

Haitian Creole Language Arts Curriculum Project (Grades K-5)
Introduction | Grade K | Grade 1 | Grade 2 | Grade 3 | Grade 4 | Grade 5  

Language and Culture Guides 
Concise descriptions of the languages and cultures our students bring with them - with great tips for educators.
ArabicNY Arab-American Demographic Sheet, Bengali, Burmese, Burma Facts, Chinese, French, Haitian, Karen, Karen Cultural Tips & Trends, Korean, Native American, Russian, Somali, Urdu

Spanish Native Language Arts Curriculum Guide (SNLACG)
The Spanish Native Language Arts Curriculum Guide (SNLACG) was developed as an initiative of the NYC Department of Education’s Office of English Language Learners (OELL). It represents a consensus among a Native Language Arts (NLA) core group of Spanish-language educators and administrators, and is the first integration of its kind of all four New York State Language Learning Standards: Native Language Arts (NLA), English Language Arts (ELA), English as a Second Language (ESL), and Languages Other Than English (LOTE).