Students in LAUSD who have special requirements such as English Learners and those in Special Education

 

How Are Students Classified as EL

Upon registering for a district LAUSD school, the parents are asked to fill out a form.  One of the questions on the form is what language(s) are spoken in the home.  If the parent checks anything besides, or in addition to, English, the school is obliged to give the new student a test of English.  If the student does not pass this test, then the s/he will be classified as an English Learner (EL).  Once a student is designated as EL the parent has absolutely no power to This English test 

Services that EL Learners should be offered

The entire point of the EL classification is that students who are English learners receive extra help and support in order to acquire the English language skills necessary to be successful academically.  The district is required to offer certain services to EL students, and indeed, receives extra funding.  

Reclassification Criteria

Reclassification is the process by which a student who has been formerly designated as an EL is found to be proficient in English and is reclassified as a Fluent English Proficient (RFEP) student once that student has satisfied linguistic and academic criteria.  There are three criteria which must be satisfied, and keep in mind that they all must be satisfied simultaneously

1. ELPAC test of English proficiency (formerly CELDT).  The ELPAC test replaces the CELDT in the spring of 2018, and is a test of English proficiency administered once per year to all students who are classified as EL. The test contains four categories - speaking, listening, reading, and writing.  A student must pass this test with an average of 4 (out of 5 possible points), and none of the scores for any section can be lower than a 3.

2.  DIBELS or SBAC.  The DIBELS is a basic reading test administered three times a year, at the beginning (BOY), middle (MOY) and at the end (EOY).  Only the MOY or the EOY can be used for reclassification purposes.  The student must meet the target on every single section of this test; it is not enough for the average to be above target. The SBAC test is a standardized test given once per year in the spring to all students starting at grade 3. The student must score a proficient or exceeds.  Either a passing DIBELs or a passing SBAC score will satisfy this requirement for reclassification.

3.  A "3" or "4" on the report card in ELA.  If the student meets the above two criteria but scores a "2" or lower on the report card, an SSPT meeting must be held to either recommend the student for reclassification, or to develop a plan for intervention/educational support.

It must be stressed that meeting all the criteria must be done simultaneaously.  A student, for example, that passes the ELPAC but did not reclassify that year due to not meeting one or both of the other two criteria will be required to retake (and pass) the ELPAC each year until reclassification occurs.  

Please refer to the following LAUSD Bulletin BUL-5619.6 in order to read more specifically about LAUSD policy regarding classification.

 

 

LAUSD Bulletin BUL-5619.6

 
 

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