New York: ELL Resources
New York schools are home to more than 248,000 English language learners (ELLs) who speak over 200 languages (NYSED, 2017) and 1.5 million children who live in immigrant families (Migration Policy Institute, 2016). Currently, the most common five languages spoken by ELLs in New York are Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Bengali, and Russian (NYSED, 2017).
State ELL Resources
State Agency: New York State Education Department
ELL Regulations & Guidance
- New York State: ELL Regulations and Compliance
- Commissioner's Regulations (CR) Part 154
- Title III Information
- Every Student Succeeds Act: ELL Information for New York State (ESSA)
- New York State Blueprint for ELL Success
- The New York State Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB)
- ELL Parent Resources
- ELL/ML Educator Resources
- Bilingual Glossaries
- Enrollment Procedures for Immigrant Students
- Students with Interrupted/Inconsistent Formal Education (SIFE)
- ELL Identification & Placement/Home Language Questionnaire
- Parent Notification Letters
- Information Regarding Recent Immigration-related Actions
ELP Standards & Assessment
- EngageNY: Bilingual Common Core Initiative
- NYSITELL/NYSESLAT: English Language Learner/Multilingual Learner Assessment & Testing Accommodations
- Learn more from the Office of State Assessment.
NCELA: Title III Information
Common Core State Standards: No
ESSA: New York State ESSA Plan
The New York State Association for Bilingual Education (NYSABE) is a multilingual and multicultural association fostering the awareness and appreciation of bilingualism and biculturalism as an integral part of cultural pluralism in our society.
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages (OBE-WL) is operating eight (8) Regional Bilingual Education - Resource Networks (RBE-RNs) (technical assistance support centers) in the State
The Department provides ELLs, former ELLs, immigrants, and their families with equity and access to an excellent education through a variety of ways.
New York adopted the Seal of Biliteracy in 2013. The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by a school, district, or state in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation.
There are 14 Special Education Parent Centers across New York State. These centers will provide parents of children with disabilities with information and resources. Families can contact the Parent Center located nearest to them for assistance.
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.
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.
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.
Information on New York State financial aid programs, tips for choosing a school, career planning guides, and more.
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.
Migration Policy Institute. (2016). Interactive Map: Number and Share of English Language Learners by State. Retrieved from: https://www.migrationpolicy.org/programs/ell-information-center
New York State Department of Education. (2017). "New York State English Language Learners Home Languages 2015-2016 SY." Retrieved: