It was developed in response to the need of NYS educators for immediate access to current information on critical issues pertaining to the education of limited English proficient (LEP) students.

The increasing number of bilingual education teachers, teachers of English as a second language (ESL), and other educators working with LEP students have historically looked to the OBE and the BETACs as their unique source for support and guidance in the areas of state regulations, program development, instructional strategies and materials, assessment, and policy issues. Utilizing the benefits of current technology to address the immediacy of their needs, NYSBEN promises high quality information that will help educators in implementing educational programs that support LEP students in the achievement of the NYS learning standards.

This site will continue to expand and provide up-to-date, immediate assistance to educators.