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    English Language Learners
     
    California EC Section 52164.1 requires school districts to make a primary language determination for all students in K–12 upon first enrollment in a California public school. A student’s primary language is identified in a home language survey, which is completed by the parents or guardians at the time the student is registered. Once determined, the primary language need not be re-determined unless the results are disputed by a parent or guardian.

    Assessment of English Language Proficiency

    Kindergarten and Grade One
     

    Students in K–1 are considered to have met the CELDT criterion for English proficiency when:

     

    n Overall performance level is Early Advanced or higher, and

    n Domain scores for Listening and Speaking are at the Intermediate level or higher.

     

    For K–1, if the above criterion is met, the domain scores for Reading and Writing are not required to be at the Intermediate level for an IFEP* designation. 

     
    Grades Two through Twelve
     
    Students in grades 2–12 are considered to have met the CELDT* criterion for English proficiency when:
     

    n Overall performance level is Early Advanced or higher, and

    n Domain scores for Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing are at the Intermediate level or higher.

     

    The above criterion for students in grades 2–12 should be met for an IFEP* designation.

     
     Guidelines for Reclassification*
     

    Under current state law (EC Section 313[d]), identified students who are English learners must participate in the annual administration of the CELDT* until they are reclassified as RFEP*. The school districts are to establish reclassification policy and procedures based on the four criteria below:

     

    n Assessment of language proficiency using an objective assessment instrument, including, but not limited to, the ELD test pursuant to EC Section 60810 (i.e., the CELDT*);

    n Teacher evaluation including, but not limited to, a review of the student’s curriculum mastery;

    n Parental opinion and consultation; and

    n Student performance on a statewide assessment of basic skills in English.  

     

    Utilize CELDT* as the primary criterion. Consider for reclassification those students whose overall performance level is Early Advanced or higher and:  

    • Listening is Intermediate or higher,
    • Speaking is Intermediate or higher,
    • Reading is Intermediate or higher, and
    • Writing is Intermediate or higher.
     

    *CELDT: California English Language Development Test

    *IFEP: Initially Fluent English Proficient
    *RFEP: Reclassified Fluent English Proficient
    *Reclassified: also referred to as Redesignated