Multilingual Literacy Diagnostic (MLD)

PIs: Dr. Gita Martohardjono and Dr. Elaine Klein

Project Manager: Shannon Webb & Christen N Madsen II


The Multilingual Literacy Diagnostic (MLD) is a semi-adaptive online suite of diagnostics assessing academic literacy skills in the major home languages of newcomer students in New York State. The MLD reflects the current curricula standards and didactic principles from students’ home countries for grades 3 through 9. For some languages, the MLD has three components: Early Literacy, Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary. The MLD provides detailed descriptions of a student’s skills and abilities in reading and vocabulary.
The MLD was created by an expert team of educators, linguists, and researchers from the Second Language Acquisition Lab and The Research Institute for the Study of Language in Urban Society (RISLUS) at The City University of New York Graduate Center and was commissioned by the New York State Education Department. The languages available are Arabic, Bangla, Chinese, English, Haitian Creole, Maay-Maay, S’gaw Karen, and Urdu.

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