Information regarding the State of California's requirements for language testing can be found on the Calfornia Department of Education website- http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/el/
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 primary language is not English and to students previously identified as English learners (ELs) who have not been reclassified as fluent English proficient (RFEP). California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 10510, defines the test as the California English Language Development Test (CELDT).
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.
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 MY.IUSD.ORG (Parent Portal). Further information regarding program options and descriptions is provided to parents annually as detailed below.
Annual Parent Notification of Progress/Placement:
Eligibility for reclassification is determined in the spring 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:
- Annual CELDT results indicate, a) Overall score of Early Advanced (4) or Advanced (5), and b) a score of Early Advanced (4) or Advanced (5) in the four skill areas - Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing;
- Results of California standardized and/or local assessments indicate proficient levels of achievement in English Language Arts (ELA);
- Teachers have evaluated student performance and concur with a recommendation to reclassify;
- Parents/Guardians concur with the recommendation to reclassify.