In accordance with New York State Commissioner's Regulations Part 154, ELLs can exit ELL Status based on one of the following criteria:
- Grades K-12: Scoring at the Commanding/Proficient level on the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT).
- Grades 3-8: Scoring at the Expanding/Advanced level on the NYSESLAT and 3 or above on the NYS English Language Arts assessment within the same school year.
- Grades 9-12: Scoring at the Expanding/Advanced level on the NYSESLAT and 65 or above on the NYS Regents Exam in English within the same school year.
Once an ELL has exited ELL status, he/she is designated as a Former ELL and is entitled to receive support services for up to 2 years.