Clearinghouse Resource


Academic Language and Literacy Diagnostic (ALLD)


New York City Department of Education


New York, NY: New York City Department of Education

Source Information (Journal Title, Date, Length)

2007, pages

Description of Resource

This diagnostic tool was designed to identify Students with Interrupted Formal Education (SIFE).  The ALLD standardizes the SIFE identification process for children who speak English or Spanish as a home language.  Many refugee youth arriving to the United States may have missed or been forced to stop attending school in their home countries or while displaced abroad.  New York City public schools use this standardized diagnostic test to identify SIFE among new children entering the school system.


Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Urdu