What is the CELDT?
State and federal law require that school districts administer a state test of English language proficiency to:
- newly enrolled students whose primary language is not English
- students who are English learners as an annual assessment.
For California public school students, this test is the California English Language Development Test (CELDT).
The CELDT has three purposes:
- To identify students who are limited English proficient
- To determine the level of English language proficiency of students who are limited English proficient
- To assess the progress of limited English proficient students in acquiring the skills of listening, reading, speaking, and writing in English.
Who must take the CELDT?
All students (in kindergarten through grade twelve) whose primary language is not English, based on the Home Language Survey (HLS), take the CELDT within 30 calendar days after they are enrolled in a California public school for the first time to determine if they are English learners. The HLS is completed by parents or guardians when they first register their children for school. The CELDT must be given to students identified as English learners once a year as per the school district’s evaluation process until they are reclassified as fluent English proficient (RFEP).
Who is an English learner?
An English learner, also known as a limited English Proficient (LEP) student, is a student who does not speak English or whose native language is not English and who is not currently able to perform ordinary classroom work in English.