Yearly Testing

NYC El Examen de Lectura en Español (ELE)

Who takes this test?

New York City students in grades 3 through 12 whose native language is Spanish and who receive language arts instruction in Spanish take the ELE. They continue to take the ELE annually while they are receiving native language arts instruction in Spanish.

Students with disabilities may not need to take the tests, according to their Individualized Education Plans (IEPs).

What is on the test?

The ELE is an untimed test with four grade bands: 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, and 9-12. The ELE tests students’ vocabulary knowledge and ability to understand words in context by asking them to fill in missing words in paragraphs. The ELE takes approximately 50 minutes in grades 3 and 4, and 60 minutes in grades 5 through 12.

How are the results reported?

Results are reported as an ELE score and a percentile. The score is simply the number of correct answers. The percentile rank is how high a student scores compared to all students who were tested. If a student is in the 70th percentile, he or she scored higher than 70 percent of the students tested.

How are the results used?

Teachers and administrators use the information from the ELE to identify students who need extra help in Spanish language arts, and to place students in the appropriate level of Spanish native language arts instruction. Teachers and administrators also use ELE results to improve the programs they offer.