Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages

Commissioner's Regulations Part 154

In the landmark 1974 decision, Lau v. Nichols, the United States Supreme Court established the right of ELL students to have “a meaningful opportunity to participate in the educational program.” That same year, an agreement between the New York City Board of Education and ASPIRA of New York (called the ASPIRA Consent Decree) assured that ELL students would be provided Bilingual Education. As such, ELL students must be provided with equal access to all school programs and services offered to non-ELL students, including access to programs required for graduation. Education Law §3204 and Part 154 contain standards for educational services provided to ELL students in New York State.

In order to better serve the needs of New York State’s expanding multilingual population, the Department engaged stakeholders to enhance and strengthen programs and services required in Part 154 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education.

On September 15, 2014, the Board of Regents adopted the Department’s proposed amendments to Part 154 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education. This information can be found here:  http://www.regents.nysed.gov/meetings/2014/September2014/914p12a3.pdf

On November 17, 2014, the Board of Regents adopted the Department's proposal of Subpart 154-3 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education.  This Subpart relates to the establishment of criteria for determining whether a student with a disability shall take the statewide English language proficiency identification and criteria for exiting students with disabilities from identification as an English Language Learner, effective December 3, 2014.

Addition of Subpart 154-3 of the Commissioner’s Regulations


CR Part 154 Overview (powerpoint)


CR Part 154-2 Units of Study TablesPDF File

CR Part 154 Q&APDF File


2014-2015 CR Part 154

NYS Reporting Requirements for the Education of English Language Learner (ELL) Students:

Past Updates to CR Part 154


Last Updated: May 22, 2015