English Language Development

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What is the California English Language Development Test (CELDT)? The CELDT is a test that measures how well a student can listen, speak, read, and write in English. California state law requires that the CELDT be given each year to English Learners (students who do not speak English fluently). What is the purpose of the CELDT? The purpose of this test is: • To identify new students in kindergarten through grade 12 who are English Learners. • To monitor student progress in learning English. • To help decide when a student is fully proficient in academic English. Who must take the CELDT? Any student who lives in a home where a language other than English is spoken must take the test within 30 calendar days after enrolling in a California public school for the first time. The CELDT also must be given once each year to English Learners until they become fully proficient in English.

What does the CELDT cover? The CELDT covers listening and speaking skills for students in kindergarten and grade 1. The test for students in grades 2 through 12 covers listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. The CELDT at all grade levels is based on English Language Development standards. How are results of the CELDT used? Test results for newly-enrolled students are used to help identify English Learners who need to develop their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in English. Results from the CELDT given annually are used to see how well students are progressing in learning English. How and when do parents/guardians get their student’s test results? As soon as the tests are scored by the testing contractor, the results are returned to the school district. The school district sends student test results to the parents/ guardians by U. S. mail.

How are the CELDT results reported for individual students? There are five levels of proficiency a student can achieve: • Beginning – Students understand simple phrases spoken in English. They begin to speak a few words to...
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