Reclassification of EL Students to Fluent English Proficient
The Reclassification Process
- The reclassification process occurs annually in the Fall of each year. It is initiated and conducted by the EL instructional aide and site administration. The redesignation of newly enrolled EL students may take place throughout the year.
- The EL instructional aide will initially screen potential students for reclassification by identifying those meeting or exceeding the district reclassification criteria.
o The EL instructional aide will send teachers a district redesignation form asking for current grades and recommendation.
- The decision to reclassify based on formal and informal observation is made by the SST team which includes the: classroom teacher, instruction aide, principal/vice-principal, parents and student.
o Reclassification forms should be filed in the bilingual folder.
2015 - 2016 Jefferson School District Reclassification Criteria:
The Reclassification Follow-Up Review
- Demonstrate language proficiency with an overall CELDT Score of 4 or 5.
- Demonstrate academic proficiency by earning a score of 70% or more on the District ELA Benchmark Assessments.
- Demonstrate academic proficiency in classroom by achieving a grade of C or better in all core academic subjects.
- Teacher and Principal recommendation. Parent consultation.
Students who have been reclassified to R-FEP status have their academic performance reviewed by the site in the third trimester of the year of classification, as well as, after one year of reclassification. The follow-up process is conducted by the bilingual instructional aide and involves the review of achievement through scores and grades at a level equal to the average English-only student population.
Reclassified students not maintaining academic progress retain their R-FEP status, but must be provided additional remedial instruction available to students in the regular program in order to alleviate the specific areas of underachievement. They shall be provided opportunities for interventions such as bilingual resource assistance, extended day, and/or summer school.