NYSESLAT Information

  • Every spring, beginning in April, all Kindergarten through 12th grade English language learners have the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of the four modalities of English by participating in the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test.  This assessment measures an English language learner’s abilities in English in reading, writing, listening and speaking.


    The assessment window opens in April with an individually administered speaking examination.  During this exam, a student will answer questions, sometimes using photos and prompts, to demonstrate his or her abilities to understand spoken text and construct an appropriate response.  


    Next, students will participate in 3 additional assessments to measure their listening, reading, and writing abilities.  Students in grades 3-12 will have their listening section of the assessment read-aloud to them through the means of a CD, whereas students in grades K-2 will have passages read aloud by the test administrator in order to demonstrate their listening comprehension and abilities.  


    Students’ NYSESLAT scores are available to them beginning the following school year.  Their ‘score’ designates their proficiency level, which then determines their mandated service minutes, or units of study.  For more information on this, see the webpage section ‘Class Policies.’ Students will achieve a proficiency level of Entering, Emerging, Transitioning, Expanding or Commanding on the NYSESLAT.  


    Check out the link below for a copy of the NYSESLAT speaking rubric.  You can use this information to help you practice at home in order to make sure your answers are complete and meet our target goals!



    Check out the link below for copies of the NYSESLAT writing rubrics.  You can use these rubrics all year when writing to make sure that you are meeting your individual goals.  These rubrics are also helpful when preparing for the NYSESLAT to make sure that you are achieving your goals!

    Kindergarten: file:///H:/My%20Documents/nyseslat-2018-writing-rubric-gr-0-k-1of2.pdf

    Grades 1 and 2: file:///H:/My%20Documents/nyseslat-2018-writing-rubric-gr-1-2%20(1).pdf

    Grade 3: file:///H:/My%20Documents/nyseslat-2018-writing-rubric-gr-3-4.pdf


    The link below includes test-sample items for you to review or you to practice.