English Learner Advisory Committee

Overview

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

2020 – 2021 ELAC Meeting Dates

September 17, 2020 (Zoom) – Meeting Agenda ; Video Minutes (closed captioning in multiple languages available)
December 10, 2020
February 12, 2021
April 9, 2021

All meetings will begin at 5:00 pm and will last approximately 1 hour.

Needs Assessment Survey

This survey is designed to gather opinions of parents/guardians about the school’s programs and services provided to English learners. Following analysis of your responses, ELAC will advise the school on areas that may need improvement. Please rate each response and mark your answer.  [Spanish Version]  [English Version]

ELPAC Student and Parent Reminder

On February 25th and 26th your student will be taking the ELPAC, California’s  language proficiency test, to check the progress of your student’s English skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Please make sure your student is well rested and encourage them to do their best. You should receive the results in late Spring. 

Thank you!
Mrs. Lynn-Kirkbride
ELD Coordinator

Testing Schedule 
Tuesday February 25th- Listening and Reading
Wednesday February 26th-Speaking and Writing.

1st and 2nd periods-7th graders (Library)
3rd and 4th periods-8th graders (Library)
5th and 6th periods-6th graders (Library)

How is my child identified as an English Learner?

Upon enrollment registration, parents fill out a survey called the “Home Language Survey.” If the Home Language Survey indicates that your child or any family member speaks/reads/writes another language at home, your child may be required to take the California English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPAC). A student will be considered an “English Learner” if they score Beginning or Intermediate level on their first assessment.

Why is my child identified as Initial Fluent English Proficient or IFEP?

A student scoring at an Advanced level on the first, or initial, English Language Proficiency Assessment for California (ELPAC), will be identified as “Initial Fluent English Proficient.” This means the student has the necessary language proficiency to fully access curriculum without additional English Language Development support.

What is Reclassified to Fluent English Proficient or RFEP?

Once students meet the necessary state and district English proficiency requirements, students can be reclassified as Fluent English Proficient (RFEP). Requirements necessary to RFEP are rigorous and include an overall score of “4” on the California ELPAC assessment, a passing score on the California CASSPP standards assessment, benchmark assessments and parental agreement. Our ELD Coordinator and administration monitor student assessments and scores and notify parents when a student has met all of the requirements.

What is ELD?

ELD stands for English Language Development, the acquisition and learning of the English language, which includes listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Every school with English Learners has an ELD Program to help students learn listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English.

What is an English Learner?

An English Learner is any student who speaks another language at home and is learning English. An English Learner has not reached a proficient level of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English, as assessed by the English Language Proficiency Assessment for California (ELPAC) and other measures.

What is the ELPAC?

The English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) is the required state test for English language proficiency (ELP) that must be given to students whose primary language is a language other than English. State and federal law require that local educational agencies administer a state test to eligible students in kindergarten through grade twelve. If a student is identified as an English Learner, they will receive additional language  support to ensure they can meet their academic demands.

What does the ELPAC assessment tell you?

The ELPAC is a state measure of language proficiency. It tells us how proficient your child is with listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English. Parents receive assessment scores and information following the ELPAC assessment. Here is the  link to the California ELPAC guide for parents.

What is ELAC?

ELAC stands for “English Learner Advisory Committee.” Every school that has 20 or more English Learners must have an advisory committee composed of English Learner parents and staff members. The purpose of the committee is to advise the school on the needs of English Learner students.

What is the DELAC?

DELAC is the “DISTRICT English Learner Advisory Committee.” Each school with an ELAC (site English Learner Advisory Committee) sends a representative(s) to be members of the District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC). The purpose of the DELAC is to share and discuss programs for English Learners within the district, and advise the District on English Language Learner (ELL) needs. Representatives report back to the site ELAC.