10 Empire State Blvd

Castleton, NY 12033

Tel: (518) 477-8771

Fax: (518) 477-1335


District Superintendent
Dr. Gladys I. Cruz

Deputy Superintendent
Matt Sloane

Trini Hernandez

Resource Specialists:
Jessa Waterhouse
Veronica Branca

Program Support Specialist:
Lindsey Konderwich

NYSED Information

English Language Learner Field Advisory

The New York State Education Department Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages has released a memo on Regulations Related to Additional Graduation Option for English Language Learners.  This memo provides information relating to recent amendments to Section 100.5(d)(7) of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education dealing with the Regents Exam appeals process for English Language Learners.  


Enrolling and Serving Recently Arrived Unaccompanied Children

On behalf of New York State Education Department Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages, please see the link for the presentation providing an overview of the requirements relating to the enrollment and provision of services to unaccompanied minors and other undocumented youth. Enrolling and Serving Recently Arrived Unaccompanied Children presentation


Special Education Field Advisory

The New York State Education Department has just released a memo on the use of Standardized Scores in Individual Evaluations of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse English Language Learners Ages 3 through 21.  Please contact Alexia Thompson in the Office of Special Education at (585) 344-2002, or to the Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages at (518) 474-8775 or (718) 722-2445.


Graduation Requirements for English Language Learners

On behalf of New York State Education Department Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages, please see the Regents memo regarding the Graduation Requirements for English Language Learners. It was adopted unanimously. The emergency rule will take effect on October 21, 2014 for a ninety day period. It is anticipated that the proposed amendment will be presented for adoption as a permanent rule at the January 12-13, 2015 Regents meeting. If adopted at the January meeting, the permanent rule would take effect on January 28, 2015.


Approved Amendments to Commissioner’s Regulations Part 154

The New York State Board of Regents approved amendments to the Commissioner’s Regulations Part 154 which address programs for English Language Learners. Proposed Addition of Subparts 154-1 and 154-2 of the Commissioner’s Regulations


SED releases "Blueprint for English Language Learners Success"

The New York State Education Department (SED) today announced the release of “The Blueprint for English Language Learners (ELLs) Success,” a statewide framework of eight guiding principles for administrators, policy makers, and practitioners to prepare ELLs for success beginning in prekindergarten to lay the foundation for college and career readiness.

Read the press release on NYSED's website.


More information

Updated Exit ELL Status Letters in 26 languages

Home Language Questionnaires now available in 41 languages

NYSED Official Parent Entitlement and Non-Entitlement Letters in 17 languages

Guide for Parents of English Language Learners in New York State in 24 Languages

Professional Development Requirements Chart

ELL Student Placement Form now available in 26 Languages

Professional Development Waiver Form

Parents’ Bill of Rights in nine languages

Parent’s Backpack Guide to Common Core State Standards in 26 Languages

Common Core State Standards Parent information in 26 languages

Information on the New York State Identification Test for English Language Learners (NYSITELL) in 23 different languages

Information for Parents on the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) in 26 Languages

NYSESLAT Score Reports

Co-Teaching Models

CR Part 154 Units of Study Tables

NYS Reporting Requirements for the Education of English Language Learner Students

The 2015 NYSESLAT Conversion Chart is now available

ELL Identification Process Chart

ELL Identification Chart Guidance

NYSITELL RAW Score to Performance Level Conversion Chart

Now available: Bilingual Common Core Progressions 3-8 for all grade levels

Information for Requesting, Shipping and Storing Test Materials for the 2015-2016 NYSITELL now Available


New York State Education Department Resources

New York State Bilingual ESL Network - This is where you can find important information from the New York State Education Department Office of Bilingual Education. There are links to The NYS Learning Standards for ESL, the Teaching of Language Arts to LEP/ELL: A Resource Guide for All Teachers, timely information regarding NYSESLAT and LAB-R, and a contact list for all of the BETACs.

New York State Education Department Home Page - The Board of Regents and its State Education Department govern education from prekindergarten to graduate school. They are constitutionally responsible for setting education policy, standards and rules - and are legally required to ensure that the entities they oversee carry them out.

New York State Education Department Office of Elementary, Middle, Secondary and Continuing Education - EMSC works to involve all of the school community in efforts to improve student achievement. All 704 public school districts and all 38 BOCES now have plans that require parents, teachers, administrators, and others in each school building to take part in decisions affecting the quality of education in each of their buildings.

New York State No Child Left Behind Site - In January 2002, the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act was signed into law by President Bush. NCLB establishes a revised framework for NYS and schools that is closely aligned with SED current policies and the State reform agenda for standards, assessment, accountability and improvement.

New York State Office of State Assessment - Information dealing with test scores, regents examinations, and learning standards for both elementary through high school curricula.

Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network (RBE-RN) centers for staff development and technical assistance to all educators.  Staff at the 13 centers offer resources and training on issues pertaining to LEP students.

State Aid - Financial support for public schools comes from three sources: the federal government, state formula aids and grants, and revenues raised locally.  State aid for public schools comes primarily from the State General Fund wherein the major revenue source is state taxes.