There is a 3-step process to identify English Language Learners.
1) Home Language Questionnaire.
2) An ENL teacher conducts a student/parent interview.
3) Students take the NYSITELL (New York State Identification Test for English Language Learners)
This flow chart explains the process.
To exit the English as a New Language program:
ELLs in Grades K-12 score at the Commanding Level on the NYSESLAT (New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test).
ELLs in Grades 3-8 score at the Expanding Level on the NYSESLAT and at a 3 or above on the ELA test in the same school year.
ELLs in Grades 9-12 score at the Expanding Level on the NYSESLAT and at a 65 or above on the English Regents.
After exiting the ENL program, an ELL is entitled to 2 years of Former ELL services and testing accommodations on NYS assessments.
Former ELL Services- minimum of 18 min./day or equivalent in individualized learning support from an ENL teacher.