Reclassification overview

What is Reclassification?

Why is it important?

  • ELLs who reclassify by 5th grade or within six years in US schools have better long-term academic outcomes and are some of our top academic performers. When students reclassify, they are no longer required to take English Language Development courses, which means they: 
    • Fully participate in available academies, career pathways  and college bound programs
    • Enroll in more subjects that earn credit for high school graduation and college entry


    Conversely, we have found that students not reclassified within six years (Long-Term ELLs) are disproportionately at risk on all academic measures including SRI, A-G completion and graduation rates. 


  • Mike Ray is the English Language Development Coordinator for OUSD. Email: