Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages

Accommodation for Former LEP/ELLs Approved by NYSED Board of Regents

Dear Superintendents, Principals, District Test Administrators, Bilingual/ESL Directors/Coordinators, Teachers and Parents:

Please be advised that on September 15, 2008 the NYSED Board of Regents approved extending test accommodations to former LEP/ELLs for two additional years after achieving proficiency on the NYSESLAT.  

This limited two-year extension in testing accommodations will provide former ELLs an opportunity to demonstrate their content knowledge by leveling the playing field while they continue to develop their linguistic and academic skills.  These testing accommodations will not affect the validity or reliability of the required State assessments nor will they change the academic level or the expected performance criteria of such assessments.  (Board of Regents item: (See full Regents item) PDF (75 KB)

The Department will implement this policy revision for all impacted New York State Testing Programs for the 2008-2009 academic year, commencing with the Elementary Level Examination in Social Studies (Grade 5) that will be administered in November 2008.(Assessment Notification Memo to the field by David Abrams) PDF (62 KB)

LEP/ELLs and former LEP/ELLs are entitled to these LEP/ELL Testing Accommodations as per CR Part 154 Regulations PDF (171 KB). District staff should make all necessary arrangements in providing these accommodations during all State exams.

If you have any questions please contact the Office of Assessment at(518) 474-5902 or the Office of Bilingual Education and Foreign Language Studies at (518) 474-8775.

Last Updated: February 9, 2012