• EL Identification


    Home Language Survey


    The parent completes a Home Language Survey (see appendix) for each child upon registration at any of districts schools.  The school secretary is responsible for giving a copy of the registration form to the English learner coordinator and entering the home language information into the district student database.


    Any response other than English to questions 1, 2, and/or 3 on the survey means that the student lives in a home where a language other than English is spoken and is considered a potential English Learner.  The student must be tested for English proficiency.  The site administrator will oversee the placement of the student in the appropriate classroom setting. 


    If English is the only language reported on the Home Language Survey the student is designated English only and no further language assessment is required.


    If a language other than English is reported on the Home Language Survey, question 4, (Name the language most often spoken by adults at home), then the student is assessed for appropriate language program placement.


    Initial English Assessment


    All newly enrolled students whose Home Language Survey shows a language other than English most often spoken by adults at home shall be tested for English proficiency within 30 days of initial enrollment in the district.  The California English Language Development Test (CELDT) is used to assess proficiency.


    • There are four parts to the CELDT for grades 2-8: listening, speaking, reading and writing.  English learning students in grades K-1 are tested only on listening and speaking proficiency.


    • All personnel who administer the CELDT must be formally trained by the County Office of Education or school district.
    • Trained personnel hand score the listening and speaking portions.
    • The CELDT is sent to McGraw Hill for the scoring of the reading and writing portions.
    • Trained personnel may informally score the reading and writing portions before sending the tests to McGraw Hill in order to expedite program placement.
    • After October 31 of each school year the District will send tests monthly to be scored by McGraw Hill.
    • For students who are identified as English learners CELDT assessment results are placed and recorded in the students English Language Learner folder and kept in the cum folder which is located in each school office.


    Program Criteria for Grades K-2:

    1. Students previously identified in another school district as EL continue to be designated as EL in other districts that they transfer to.
    2. In kindergarten, students with CELDT oral English proficiency levels of 4 and 5 are designated as FEP.
    3. Students with CELDT oral English proficiency level 1, 2, 3 are designated as EL.


    Program Criteria for Grades 3-8:

    1. Students previously identified in another school district as EL are designated EL in the school district.
    2. Students previously reclassified in another school district as EL are R-FEP in the school district.
    3. Students with CELDT levels 1-2 are designated EL.
    4. Students with a CELDT level of 3 are designated to receive structured English Immersion.
    5. Students with CELDT level of 4 or 5 must be further assessed using the District reclassification criteria, which includes STAR/CAT6 scores at or above the 35th percentile in order to be reclassified as R-FEP.  Otherwise, they will remain EL.


    Annual English Assessment

    The CELDT shall be administered to all English learners in the fall of each school year until reclassification takes place.


    Primary Language Assessment

    All English learners must be tested in the primary languages, using the Bilingual Syntax Measure (BSM) to determine oral fluency, comprehension and writing skills. These assessments are to be completed to the extent the test is available in the students primary language and within 90 calendar days of initial enrollment in the school district.


    English Learners determined to have limited or no primary language skills, both receptive and expressive language (cannot speak or understand), may have their English Learner status changed to FEP.  Written documentation including parental agreement and assessment data must be provided to verify the lack of any primary language.


    Parent Notification of Initial Testing

    Parents must be notified of their childs initial identification test results each year.  The bilingual paraprofessional shall prepare parent notification letters.  Site administration will meet with the bilingual paraprofessional prior to mailing of the letters.  The letters inform parents of their childs test results and designation after testing is completed.