We hope that NYSESLAT Speaking tests are going smoothly for everyone. If you have any ELL testing-related questions, please contact us!

You may be interested in some of our upcoming professional development opportunities:

There are still seats available for the following workshop (two sessions) at Rockland BOCES. Please click on the links below for more information and to register:

Questioning and Discussion Techniques for ELLs (and All Students) AM SESSION
8:30 AM–11:30 AM

Questioning and Discussion Techniques for ELLs (and All Students) PM SESSION
12:00 PM–2:30 PM

Due to popular demand, we've scheduled another session of Tech Toolkit for Supporting ELLs - AM "Learn" and PM "Apply" sessions. PLEASE NOTE: In order to sign up for the PM "Apply" workshop you must attend the AM "Learn" workshop. Please click on the links below:

Tech Toolkit for Supporting ELLs - AM "Learn" Session
7/2/19, 9:00 AM–12:00 PM, Orange-Ulster BOCES

Tech Toolkit for Supporting ELLs - PM "Apply" Session
7/2/19, 1:00 PM–3:00 PM, Orange-Ulster BOCES


ELL/MLL Exit Criteria

An ELL/MLL, including an ELL/MLL with a disability, can only exit ELL/MLL status when he or she no longer meets the definition of an ELL/MLL in accordance with CR section 154-2.2(f) and meets the criteria set forth in CR section 154-2.3(m). Currently, the criteria includes: (1) scoring at the proficient/commanding level on the NYSESLAT [section 154-2.3(m)(1)(i)]; or (2) scoring at the advanced/expanding level on the NYSESLAT while in the same school year, also achieving proficiency on the NYS grade 3-8 ELA Assessment (score of 3 or 4) or scoring 65% or higher on the English Regents Exam [section 154-2.3(m)(1)(ii)]. Note: Students who exit ELL status still receive 2 years of support and accommodations.

Therefore, the expanding with a proficient/passing exam score is applicable only when a student achieves expanding on the Spring 2019 NYSESLAT andreceives a 3 or 4 on the Spring 2019 gr 3-8 ELA test or a 65% or greater on the English Regents in January 2019, June 2019, or August 2019.

See Guidance, page 18.

We'd like to share the following information from our partners:


State Education Department Proposes Changes to Enhance Teacher Preparation Programs to Better Serve English Language Learners
Please click here to view the full press release from April 8, 2019.

Office of Early Learning is releasing a series of videos that illustrate quality early learning instruction and instructional environments
For an introduction to the entire video series, please visit: https://vimeo.com/317575562. Please retain this link to the home page, as NYSED videos are continually uploaded: https://vimeo.com/mainnysed.

There are openings for teachers in SUNY Oneonta’s fully online Bilingual Education Extension program
Tuition support is available to accepted candidates through a grant from the New York State Education Department’s Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages. Click here for more information. Questions may be directed to Program Coordinator Dr. Gwen Frank at Gwen.Frank@oneonta.edu. 

From Clarkson University:
TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Info Session
Thursday, April 18, 2019, 4:00 PM–5:30 PM
Clarkson University Capital Region Campus, 80 Nott Ter, Schenectady, NY 12308
Learn more about Clarkson’s new TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) programs. Click here for more information and to sign up.

Call for Submissions: 2019 NYS TESOL Student Projects Contest
Deadline: May 31, 2019
To view more details and to submit online, please click here.

Scholarship Opportunity:
Association of Dominican-American Supervisors and Administrators (ADASA) Scholarship
The deadline for the scholarship application submission has been extended until Wednesday April 17, 2019.  Last year, ADASA awarded 10 graduating high school seniors with scholarships of $ 2,500 each. The scholarship honors the achievement of Dominican American high school graduating seniors with scholarships, including undocumented students. 

Community News and Volunteer Opportunity: 
You may be interested in news about how a small community is supporting families learning to speak English. Click here for more information.

Enjoy the longer days and nice weather.