Multilingual Literacy SIFE Screener (MLS)

PIs: Dr. Gita Martohardjono and Dr. Elaine Klein

Project Manager: Dr. Jennifer Chard

The Multilingual Literacy SIFE Screener (MLS) is an online, semi-adaptive suite of assessments designed to provide educators in New York State with information about the home-language literacy and math skills of Students with Interrupted/Inconsistent Formal Education (SIFE). The assessments can be used to develop instruction that targets the unique educational needs of these students. The MLS reflects the current curricula standards and didactic principles from students’ home countries for grades 3 through 9. The MLS has four modules: Early Literacy, Mathematics, Reading Comprehension, and Vocabulary. The languages available are Arabic, Bangla, Burmese, Chinese, English, French, Fula, Haitian Creole, Maay-Maay, Nepali, Russian, S’gaw Karen, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, and Urdu. The project is commissioned by the New York State Education Department.

The MLS is free for all New York State schools to use. For MLS resources, click here. For more information about SIFE resources in New York state, please visit the website for the New York State Department of Education.

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