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California English Language Development Test (CELDT)

State law (EC sections 313 and 60810) and federal law (Titles I and III of the
Elementary and Secondary Education Act [ESEA]) require that LEAs administer a
state test of ELP and develop Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAOs)
for: (1) newly enrolled students whose primary language is not English as an Initial Assessment,
and (2) students who are English learners as an Annual Assessment. For California’s public school
students, this test is the CELDT.


The CELDT has three purposes:
 To identify students who are limited English proficient (LEP)
 To determine the level of ELP of LEP students
 To assess the progress of LEP students in acquiring the skills of listening,
speaking, reading, and writing in English


All students in kindergarten through grade twelve (K–12) whose primary language is
not English must take the CELDT as an IA to determine if they are English learners
within 30 calendar days after they are first enrolled in a California public school or 60
days prior to instruction, but not before July 1, per CELDT regulations. The CELDT
also must be given annually as an AA to students identified as English learners until
they are reclassified as RFEP.

 

For more information go to: California Deparment of Education (http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/el/index.asp)

 

California English Language Development Test (CELDT) Reference Material