Colorin Colorado: Helping children read... and succeed!
A bilingual site for families and educators of English language learners
  • small text
  • medium text
  • large text
  • print

New York

Currently, New York's schools are home to more than 300,000 English language learners (ELLs). More information about the state's ELL population is available through the state's bilingual education and foreign language studies website.

State ELL Resources

State Agency: New York State Education Department

ELL Website: Office of Bilingual Education and Foreign Language Studies (OBE-FLS) 

ELL FAQs: Bilingual Education FAQs

ELL Manual: The Teaching of Language Arts to Limited English Proficient/ English Language Learners: A Resource Guide for All Teachers

The following documents offer additional information about statewide ELL identification:

ELL Identification

Home Language Survey: Home Language Questionnaires

Placement Exam: Language Assessment Battery Revised (LABR)

ELP Standards & Assessment

ELP Standards: The Teaching of Language Arts to Limited English Proficient/ English Language Learners: Learning Standards for English as a Second Language

ELP Assessment: New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT)

For more information, see Assessment and Testing of LEP/ELLs.

ELL Instruction

See the following documents for information New York's ELL instruction guidelines:

Statewide Standards-Based Assessment

Assessment: New York State Testing Program (NYSTP)

ELL Accommodations: Assessment Accommodation Information

Additional Information

NCELA: Title III Information

Common Core State Standards: Yes

Statewide Organizations

National Coalition for Asian American Children and Families

The Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF) is an advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of Asian Pacific American children in New York City. CACF is the nation's only pan-Asian children's advocacy organization.

New York State Parent Information Resource Centers

New York State has two Parental Information and Resource Centers (PIRC) funded by the U.S. Department of Education: Families and Communities Together with Schools (FACTS) and Every Person Influences Children (EPIC).

New York State TESOL

NYS TESOL is a non-profit group of professionals concerned with the education of English language learners at all levels of public and private education in New York State.

New York State United Teachers

Through a representative democratic structure, New York State United Teachers improves the professional, economic and personal lives of our members and their families, strengthens the institutions in which they work, and furthers the cause of social justice through the trade union movement. NYSUT is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association.

NYS Higher Education Services Corporation

Information on New York State financial aid programs, tips for choosing a school, career planning guides, and more.

Partnership for After School Education

The Partnership for After School Education (PASE), a New York City-focused organization, promotes and supports quality afterschool programs for youth, particularly those from underserved communities, enabling them to identify and reach their full potential.

State English Language Proficiency Standards: New York

The New York State Education Department Office of Bilingual Education has developed these standards, which are meant to serve as the foundation for ESL curriculum, instruction, and assessment for all LEP/ELLs in New York State, grades Pre-K through 12. The NYS ESL learning standards also serve as the framework for the New York State ESL Achievement Test (NYSESLAT), which is administered annually to all LEP/ELLs in New York.


Editorial Projects in Education (EPE). "Most Common Non-English Languages Spoken by ELL Youths, by State." Perspectives on a Population: English-Language Learners in American Schools (Education Week's Quality Counts 2009 Report). Pg. 13. Retrieved from January 2009.

Office of English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students. New York Rate of EL Growth (1997/98-2007/08). Compiled July 2010 and retrieved from

* To view this file, you'll need a copy of Acrobat Reader. Most computers already have it installed. If yours does not, you can download it now.