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May 1st, 2023 - NYSESLAT Notice and Letter to Families


Dear families and staff of P.S. 211 Elm Tree Elementary School,


We would like to take this opportunity to share some information regarding the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) while also taking the opportunity to inform you that the possibility to take it is currently open. Please see below for more information, including a letter from our school’s Principal, Ms. Niven.


Dear Parents and/or Guardians:


Each year, the NYSESLAT (New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test) is given to all identified English Language Learners throughout New York State. 


You are receiving this notice because your child is currently receiving Language Services, through either a Bilingual Program or English as a New Language Program, and will be taking this examination. 


The NYSESLAT is designed to measure the English language proficiency of students who have been identified as an English Language Learner (ELL). Students who have been identified as an ELL and take the NYSESLAT, will be determined to be at one of the 5 following English proficiency levels:


  • Beginning → Entering
  • Intermediate → Emerging or Transitioning
  • Advanced → Expanding
  • Proficient → Commanding


The NYSESLAT measures English proficiency in the four areas of Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing, and is administered over the course of several days. Below you will find the administration dates of the 2023 NYSESLAT.


Administration Date

NYSESLAT (Speaking)

Monday, April 17th to Friday, May 26th, 2023

NYSESLAT (Listening, Reading, Writing)

Monday, May 15th to Friday, May 26th, 2023


Your child’s participation in the NYSESLAT examination is critical.  During NYSESLAT testing administration dates, students are expected to attend school in order to complete this required New York State test that measures your son or daughter’s level of English proficiency. 


Please make every effort to have your son/daughter in attendance, as the results will ensure that the appropriate levels of services and support continue to be provided to ELLs in the upcoming school year, and provide a better understanding of your child’s proficiency in English to inform their teachers’ instruction. Please note, that these results are NOT used as a determining factor for Promotion in Doubt. 


There are several things that parents can do to help students prepare for the NYSESLAT. 


Here are some suggestions: 

  • Make sure your child gets adequate sleep and eats a nutritionally balanced meal before each test session.
  • Provide positive encouragement and reassurance about the test because that can positively impact your child’s test scores. 
  • Reassure your child that this assessment is to measure his or her English language development. 
  • Meet and work closely with your child’s classroom and English as a New Language/English as a Second Language (ENL/ESL) or Bilingual teacher for specific support and recommendations that you may be able to provide at home.


Please feel free to contact Ms. Fulgoni (ENL Coordinator) at (929) 208-4860 for any further information regarding this assessment and/or if you are unsure of your child’s current ELL status. 




Ms. Niven 


PS 211Q Elm Tree Elementary School


If you would like to learn more about the NYSESLAT or would like to access the NYSITELL and NYSESLAT Parent Guides please visit the link below:



If you have any questions please contact Ms. Gisella Catarine, our school’s Parent Coordinator, at 929-260-0084.


Have a wonderful rest of your week!




P.S. 211 Elm Tree Family