For almost 30 years, California Education Code Section 48985 has stated that when a school’s enrollment has 15% or more students who speak a language other than English, all notices, records, reports, and statements sent to the parents of those students must be both in English and the primary language.
The CPM monitoring of local implementation of Ed Code Section 48985 was added by the State Legislature in 2006-07. Though monitoring is temporarily suspended, the parental notification and translation requirements are in effect.
In a time of limited resources, the CMD can be a valuable source for schools, districts, county offices, and charter schools.
Section 48985 also requires the CDE to notify districts each year of the languages into which a district’s schools must translate parental notices. The CDE’s electronic notification occurs no later than August 1. The required languages are based upon the prior year’s Language Census.
Into What Languages Must a District’s Schools Translate?
Let’s find out how an administrator can find the language data for the schools in his/her district into which parental notifications must be translated. We start with the Screen Shots Handout and proceed to DataQuest.
In the course of a year, schools send various notices, reports, and information to the parents of their students. These notices pertain to such areas as statewide testing, health, school accountability, parent involvement, and other topics.