Information regarding the State of California's requirements for language testing can be found on the Calfornia Department of Education website.
Federal law (Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act [ESEA]) and state law (Education Code [EC]sections 313 and 60810 through 60812) require a statewide English language proficiency test that local educational agencies (LEAs) must administer to students in Transitional Kindergarten through grade twelve whose home language survey indicates a language other than English in the student's linguistic background. LEAs must also evaluate students previously identified as English learners (ELs) who have not been reclassified as fluent English proficient (RFEP). The English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) is the legally required assessment for measuring and monitoring the development of English language proficiency for students.
Based on information provided by parents when enrolling their child in school, the California Department of Education has determined the English Language Proficiency Assessment for California (ELPAC) as the legally required assessment to determine a student's English language proficiency . The results of this screening will assist teachers and school administrators in providing the appropriate language acquisition program and level of linguistic support for the student in the classroom.
Initial language assessment is by appointment only. Appointments are made by school staff after all enrollment requirements have been met. At the time of initial assessment, preliminary results are used to recommend program placement to parents.
Detailed information is outlined below.
Annual Progress Monitoring
Annual language assessment is required for students identified as English Learners as a way to measure a student's progress toward English language proficiency. Parents or guardians can review student progress through the IUSD Parent Portal. (Parent Portal sign on information will be provided to parents by the student's school.)
The English Language Proficiency Assessment for California (ELPAC) Summative is the legally required annual assessment for measuring and monitoring the development of English language proficiency for students currently identified as English Learners. Below is detailed information about the ELPAC as well as information on how to interpret the results.
Annual Parent Notification of Progress/Placement: According to California and U.S. law, public school districts are required to notify parents annually of their child’s assessment results, program placement, and the support available to further assist in their child’s academic performance. Further information regarding program options and descriptions is provided to parents annually as detailed below.
Eligibility for reclassification is determined in the fall of each academic school year. To be reclassified to Fluent English Proficient (FEP), students must meet the minimum requirements determined by the State of California and the criteria established by Irvine Unified School District. IUSD criteria for reclassification is as follows:
- Student Summative ELPAC results must include:
- Overall Performance Level of 4 (Well Developed);
- Performance Level in Oral Language skill area that demonstrates reasonable fluency in both Listening and Speaking;
- Performance Level in Written Language skill area that demonstrates reasonable proficiency in both Reading and Writing.
- CAASPP (SBAC) – Smarter Balanced Assessments in English Language Arts, Performance level 3 (Standard met);
- Teacher evaluation of language and literacy skill development in the classroom and concurrence with the recommendation;
- Parent concurrence with the recommendation to reclassify.
For a detailed outline of the approved criteria click here.