New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT)
Who takes this test?
All students in kindergarten - grade 12 who receive English as a second language services (ESL) take the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) every year to determine how well they are learning English.
What is on the test?The NYSESLAT has five grade bands: Kindergarten −1, 2−4, 5−6, 7−8 and 9−12. It assesses students speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills, defined by New York State’s English as a Second Language Learning Standards. The speaking section is administered individually and asks students to respond to a word or statement read aloud or to a picture. The other sections can be administered to students in a group. The reading section asks students to answer questions about stories printed in their test books. The writing section asks students to write in response to questions and prompts in their test books. The listening section asks students to select the correct response to a picture and/or word or statement read aloud.
How are the results reported?
The results are reported in raw scores, scale scores, and performance levels. The “raw score” is simply the number of correct answers, which is converted to a “scale score,” which makes it possible to compare scores across grade levels. Scale scores are divided into four performance levels that show how well students have mastered English language skills.
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