New York State English As a Second Language Achievement Test
The New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) is designed to annually assess the English language proficiency of all English Language Learners (ELLs) enrolled in Grades K–12 in New York State schools. The test gives the State and schools important information about the English language development of English Language Learners, and is part of the State’s compliance with federal laws that mandate the annual assessing and monitoring of English language proficiency of all ELLs. The assessment consists of a series of tasks which test students in four modalities: speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
Who takes these exams?
Any student K-12 who is classified as an English Language Learner is required to take this test each year.
How are the results of these assessments used?
NYSESLAT results are used by teachers to plan instruction that is best suited to students' needs. Students who demonstrate proficiency through the NYSESLAT are exited from services and are no longer classified as English Language Learners.
How much time do these assessments take to administer?
Students are given as much time as they need to complete all portions of the NYSESLAT. The written portion of the test is administered over three separate days. In Kindergarten, it is estimated that the written portion will take students between 90 to 105 minutes to complete. In grades 1 through 12, it is estimated that the written portion could take students between 105 and 165 minutes to complete. It is estimated that all the speaking portion will take most students approximately 15 minutes.