What is English as a New Language (ENL) (formerly known as ESL)?

    English as a New Language (ENL), also known as "English to speakers of other languages" (ESOL), is a specific discipline taught by certified ESL teachers as a component of an ENL program. During ENL, specific methodologies and instructional materials are used to support a student's English language learning.

    Can parents withdraw their LEP/ELLs student from an English as a Second Language (ESL) program?

    No. There is no opting out from ESL once a child is identified and placed in the ENL program. New York State requires that all identified LEP/ELL students receive ENL instruction appropriate to their proficiency level. Parents do not have the option to withdraw their child from an ENL program.

    Can LEP/ELLs be exempt from any NYS assessments?

    Beginning in the 2006-07 school year, schools were permitted to exempt newcomers from the English Language Arts Test. Only those LEP students who on a specified date in January of the testing year will have attended school in the United States (excluding Puerto Rico) for less than one year. This change in Department policy was necessary so that the State's assessment program would be in conformity with NCLB: http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/osa/nyseslat/nclbmemo8406.htm
    The calculation of dates for exempting first-year LEP/ELLs is contained in the School Administrator's Manual (SAM) for the Grade 3-8 ELA Assessment that is issued each year.

    Students are NOT exempt from the NYS Mathematics Assessment.

    In what languages are the NYS content-area assessments available?

    The Grades 3-8 assessment in Mathematics is available in Chinese, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian and Spanish. The Grade 4 and 8 Science assessments and the Grade 4 and 8 Social Studies assessments are available in Chinese, Haitian Creole, and Spanish.  

    Newcomers may take the Mathematics assessment in their native language at any time in their school career.  The answers that are written in the booklets must be translated by a professional interpreter.