ESL Services

ESL Services


English as a Second Language (ESL) is an instructional program for students whose dominant language is not English. The purpose of the program is to increase the English language proficiency of eligible students so they can attain academic standards and achieve success in the classroom.


Identification of ESL Students


  • School districts must administer a home language survey to the parents of students whose primary language is not English.
  • If any questions from the home language survey are answered something “other than English,” districts must give a Placement Test to the student.
  • Once a student has been identified through the test scores, districts must create a Language Acquisition Plan for a student that is an English language learner. Student will also start receiving an appropriate amount of one-to-one ESL services provided by the school.
  • After placement in an ESL program, the student’s progress in English is measured annually with the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT). This state test is given each spring to all New York State ESL students to document their growth in English. The test identifies the proficiency level of ESL students as Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced. Once an ESL student has reached the Proficiency Level in speaking, listening, reading and writing, they are exited from the program.


Purpose of ESL Program

The purpose of this program is to develop and strengthen the students' understanding, speaking, reading, and writing of academic English. Instruction and support is provided within the context of the regular classroom and the content areas.

To access ESL services for your student, contact the Pupil Personnel Services Office at the Elementary School, 518-623-9747 x 2

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