New York State English as a Second Language

Ms. Latifa Benson is the ENL teacher at PS 65.  She looks forward to working with you and your child this year. If at any point you have a question or a concern, please feel free to contact her by email or phone.

Ms. Latifa Benson
PS 65
ENL Teacher

The test booklets are below.


First and Second Grade

Third and Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade

New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test Information and Resources

Testing Date for 2024:
April 16 and 17 2024 Speaking
April 18 and 19 2024 Makeup exams for absent students
Listening, Reading, and Writing (each part will be administered on each day)
May 14 - 17 2024
May 20 - 24 2024 Make-up exams for absent students
The NYSESLAT is the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test which is administered in the spring of every school year. This test assesses a student's English proficiency in:
  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing

Here are a few ways parents can help at home

  1. Read to your child in English and your home language.
  2. Visit your library.
  3. Keep a variety of reading materials at home.
  4. Ask your child questions about what they read.
  5. Take your child to places in the community.
  6. Tell your child stories about your family and teach them native songs.
  7. Talk about what they did in school that day.
  8. Have your child write in your native language and English.
  9. Watch television programs together and discuss.
  10. Have a quiet place at home for reading and homework.


Parent Resources

Colorín Colorado Reading Tip Sheets
Reading tip sheets for parents in 13 Languages

Reading Rockets: Reading Tips for Parents
Easy ways for parents to help students become successful readers in multiple Languages. Tips are divided by age but can be used based on student’s abilities. 

NYSED: Links for ELLs, Parents and Families
Provides resource links and information for ELL families.

NYSED: Exemplars for ENLs K-2
Prominent skills and l routines were introduced in kindergarten, first, and second grade. 

NYSED: Roadmap to College for English Language Learners
An interactive College Access Guide for English Language Learners/Multilingual Learners in New York State in nine languages. 

NYSED: Participating in Your Child's Education
Features information for parents of ELLs on how they can help their child succeed in school.

NYSED: A Guide to Community-Based Organizations for Immigrants
Provides lists of organizations by region throughout New York State. Some of these services include advocacy /community engagement, health care /insurance, housing, employment, legal services, public assistance, and safety. Guides are translated into ten languages.

NYSED: A Guide for Parents of English Language Learners in New York State
Includes Bilingual Education and English as a New Language program descriptions, Frequently Asked Questions, links to ELL parent resources, and tips on “Participating in Your Child’s Education.” Translated into 26 Languages.

NYSED Parents’ Bill of Rights and ELL Parent Hotline
Summarizes rights concerning educational access and programming for ELLs. Translated into nine languages.
The hotline is a way for parents of ELLs to learn about their rights and the delivery of services for their children based on state regulations.