Enclosed is a set of
Samplers for levels K-12 of the New York State English As SecA Second are ready for
distribution . The test samplers were developed with the input
of practitioners involved in the teaching of English as a second language to limited English
proficient/English language learners. items after attending training last
October. Dr. Robert Bedford, Coordinator of Educational Support Services in the
Eastern Suffolk BOCES, facilitat ed
writing training and participat ed in the selection of itemfor
the samplers. test samplers.
is sampler is being
distributed to all high
schools , middle
schools, and elementary schools with a
request to make copies available to their ESL/bilingual teacher s
and supervisor s.
The Samplers may also be downloaded from the Office of State
Assessmentís web site at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/assessment/nyseslat.html. The test sampler provide s examples of the
types of questions, formats, and scoring rubrics that will be administered in the
NYSESLAT. Teachers may administer the test samplers to students and also use
the tasks in the Samplers as exemplars to develop similar tasks for use in the classroom. Teacherís
Manual may be shared with students to increase their awareness of
the expectations of the NYSESLAT speaking and writing tasks.
should use the enclosed NYSESLAT Test Samplers, not
last year's test,
for preparing students to take the 2004 NYSESLAT. All schools were instructed to return all
secure NYSESLAT materials at the conclusion of the testing period and were expressly
prohibited from making any notes about any of the test questions since it is
possible that items from the 2003 form may be used in subsequent forms. All
schools that administered NYSESLAT last year should double-check at this time
to ensure that no secure test materials or notes from last yearís
administration were inadvertently retained.
Schools finding any such materials should return them immediately to the
Department at the address below.
Cultural Education Center
Empire State Plaza
Albany, New York
School personnel will be held
should it be found that they engaged in any practice or review with students
that derives directly from last yearís test materials.
The State Education Department
is developing a comprehensive R
FP that will generate additional
forms for the next five as that RFP is
finalized and a new vendor is secured.