The California English Language Development Test

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The California English Language Development Test, better known as CELDT is a language proficiency test developed for the California Department of Education (http://www.colorincolorado.org/glossary) .The CELDT is administered as an initial assessment to newly enrolled students from grades k-12 whose primary or home language is not English. This is indicated by the student's Home Language Survey or if the child has no prior record of English Language Testing. The CELDT tests the areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The test is given within 30 days of new enrollment. Then it is administered annually to track the students' progress and determine when they have reached proficiency (http://www.celdt.org/about/). The CELDT was developed with the purposes of identifying students who are English learners, determining their level of English proficiency, and assessing their progress toward acquiring English proficiency (http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/el/cefceldt.asp).

After the test has been taken, the score provides the students' proficiency level. The five levels of the CELDT are Beginning, Early Intermediate, Intermediate, Early Advanced, and Advanced (http://old.sandi.net:80/testingunit/pdf/celdtptbroch07.pdf) Beginning

In the area of listening, students have little or no receptive skills and demonstrate limited comprehension of a few basic words. In the area of speaking, students may demonstrate no productive skills. They may begin to use basic vocabulary and respond with simple words or phrases. When telling part of a story, they use simple words and phrases. In the area of reading, students may demonstrate no receptive skills. They may be able to identify the letter that corresponds to the initial sound of a simple spoken word and begin to recognize some basic groups of related words. In the area of writing, students may demonstrate no productive skills, or use a few standard writing conventions. They may attempt to write a short story in...
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