Use of CELDT - California English Language Development Test This test is used to determine the level of K-12 students proficiency and assess their progress towards becoming fluent in English.
Use of CELDTCELDT is measured by four categories: 1. Listening (Only K-1) 2. Speaking (Only K-1) 3. Reading 4. WritingScoring is based upon five levels: 1. Beginning 2. Early Intermediate 3. Intermediate 4. Early Advanced 5. Advanced
Reclassification of ELLs Reclassification is the process through which ELL’s are considered as fluent English Proficient. This happens when they have shown they are academically proficient in English based on the districts criteria. ELL’s are only considered proficient when they are capable of learning in a mainstream classroom without extra help and are capable of performing in subjects at “grade level”
Reclassification of ELLs In 2002, the state board gave the following guidelines for reclassification A student’s English skills are sufficient enough to be considered for reclassification if they score a 4 or a 5 on the CELDT It is recommended that districts review a student for reclassification when their STAR English Language Arts scores are low to mid “basic” ELL students are ready to reclassify when they have met the following criteria They score 325 or above on the California Standards Test They score early or advanced on the CELDT They score proficient of above on district writing test They pass the English language arts and math sections of the California High School Exit Exam (grades 10-12 only)
Purpose of Multiple Criteria These standardized criteria and measures are needed to ensure that districts reclassify second language learners only when they have the requisite academic English language skills and content knowledge needed to meet grade-level content standards. Every student attending California’s public schools has a right to a meaningful education. ELLs need to be able to benefit from their schooling, while they develop the requisite English skills to participate fully in an all-English environment. Once reclassified, we must have the same expectations for their academic achievement as we have for their English-only peers.
Multi-criteria Used The reclassification process may utilize multiple criteria including, but not limited to the, following: Be based on objective standards Measure speaking, comprehension, reading, and writing Ensure that all academic deficits are remediated Include district evidence that students can participate in the general program
Multi-criteria UsedExample of Concept: Criteria for Redesignating EnglishLearnersVerdugo Hills High School has various criteria for redesignatingstudents. The school first asserts that redesignated students speak atleast two languages. They learned English as a second language andproved their command of English by passing a redesignation test.”The students must pass the following: CELDT (California English Language Development Test) ELA (English Language Arts) section of the CST (California Standards Test) with a score of Basic or higher Math and English or ESL 3/4 classes with a C or higher (Verdugo Hills High School, 2004)
Advantages/Disadvantages of Reclassification ADVANTAGES DISADVANTAGES Higher Scores help Still takes students too promote funding long to learn English, so Based on CELDT data in therefore schooling is 2006, raised cut scores, prolonged, thus needing therefore shortening the more funding number of academic CELDT’s do not take years required for reclassification, students to gain English therefore decreasing proficiency number of EL’S in the Early Advanced and Advanced areas
Advantages/Disadvantages of ReclassificationMORE ADVANTAGES MORE DISADVANTAGES Data reflects Presents the risk of improvements in having EL struggle in reclassification rates for mainstream classes school districts and in because of the state EL population underdeveloped data reporting academic English Increase in EL’s language skills after performing at advanced reclassification levels Could be removed due to More… lack of funding, resulting in academic failures
Implications and Applications of Reclassification of ELL’s Students may experience more accepted by their peer and society. Students may think less a part of their original culture and ever more detached from their peers who have not yet been reclassified. Boost in opportunities for students Reclassified as Fluent English Proficient (RFEP) are more likely. Schools could see a decrease in money In general school CELDT scores will decline
CELDT Applications and Implications California English Language Development Test (CELDT) Tests are administered yearly to assess students progress. Teachers are able to accumulate a foundation for instruction by the students assessed level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English. CELDT results, Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) examinations, and parent and teacher input about the readiness of a student for reclassification Scoring a 5 on the CELDT results in a student’s English skills to be adequate enough to be considered for reclassification