How was my child classified as ELL?

     Step 1
     1. Welcome Center & Home Language Survey
    When you went to the Student Welcome Center with your child to enroll them into a school, you filled out the Registration Form. During that time, you also filled out a Home Language Survey. The Home Language Survey indicated to us that your student speaks another language at home.  
     Step 2  2. Language Assessment of your child (CELDT):
    Within 30 days for your school's start date, your child was then given two assessments to determine language proficiency:
    • The California English Language Development Test (CELDT)
    • A primary language test 
     Step 3  3. ELL Classification: 
    Within 20 days of administering the language assessment tests, we will classify your student and notify you of the results in the Parent Notification Letter. The following results classified your student as an ELL student: 
    • If your child is in K-1st Grade and tested Overall 1-3 on CELDT, then they are classified as an ELL student. 
    • If your child is in 2nd- 12th Grade and tested Overall 1-3 on CELDT or Overall 4-5 with 1 or 2 on at least one subtest, then they are classified as an ELL student.  
    If any of the following apply, then your student will be classified within an ELL Subgroup. This helps us figure out what specific language supports are appropriate for your child.
    • Your child has been in the US for 3 years or less and was not born in the US: Newcomer
    • Your child has been an ELL student for longer than 6 years: Long Term English Learner (LTEL)
    If these did not apply, then your student was classified as an Initially Fluent English Proficient (IFEP) student.   
    What happens now that my child has been classified as an ELL?
    1. Language Program Placement: 
    Your child will be placed in our English Language Acceleration Program (ELAP) offered at all OUSD Schools and any additional language programs that apply. You can read more about our Language Programs here to choose one that meets your child's needs. If your current school does not offer the language supports or programs you want for your child, you may choose to enroll them in another school for the following year. Read more about enrollment here.
    2. Ongoing Assessment throughout the year: 
    In the spring, parents will receive an Annual Parent Notification Letter which is an updated version of the Initial Parent Notification Letter listed above. The purpose of the Annual Parent Notification Letter is to:
    • Alert you of your child’s instructional program placement for the coming year 
    • Give you an opportunity to request an alternate instructional program, including a Dual Language instructional program
    3. Learn about the process of Reclassification and support your child in being reclassified. 
    Learn more about reclassification and understand what you can do as a parent to help your child reclassify.  
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