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
Sandy Strock

Program Support Specialist:
Lindsey Konderwich

NYSED Information

Procedures for Requesting, Shipping, and Storing the 2018 Edition of the New York State Identification Test for English Language Learners (NYSITELL)

CR Part 154 Comprehensive Plan for the Education of English Language Learners / Multilingual Learners Update

Procedures for Requesting, Shipping, and Storing of Materials for the Spring 2018 Administration of the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test


More Information

NYSITELL information

Resources for English Language Learners (ELLs) who are Students with Inconsistent/Interrupted Formal Education (SIFE)

PENpal interactive Home Language Questionnaire (HLQ) toolkits

New York State Seal of Biliteracy

ELL Identification Process Chart

ELL Identification Chart Guidance

NYSITELL RAW Score to Performance Level Conversion Chart

OBE-WL Newsletters


Online Advanced Certificate and Master's Programs for Teachers

Many institutions of higher education are offering online Advanced Certificate and master's programs for teachers across the state that lead to certification in the high-needs areas of bilingual education, ESOL, gifted education, library media, literacy, mathematics, science, and special education. Click here to see the attachment titled “Online Programs for Teachers”.  Questions may be directed to the Office of Higher Education at 518-486-3633.


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.