Federal law (Title I and Title III of the ESEA) and state law (EC Sect. 313 and 60810) require the local education agency to administer a test of English language proficiency in the areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing to newly enrolled students who primary language is not English and to students who are English learners as an annual assessment. For California schools, this test is the CELDT. The primary language of the student is first determined by the home language survey filled out by the parent/guardian once a student enters school in California for the first time. The purpose of the CELDT is to help schools identify students who are English Leaners (EL’s), determine the level of fluency in the English language and assess the progress of English Learners in acquiring skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in English. Once students have met a set of criteria to help determine them to be fluent in English, they are reclassified as Fluent English Proficient and are no longer tested with the CELDT. Alternate assessments and accommodations/modifications are to be used with students who are identified as students with exceptional needs. For more information about the CELDT, contact the California Department of education: (916) 319-0784.
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