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CELDT June 2010 Assessment Notes

June 2010 Edition of the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) Notes.
Release of Annual Assessment Results for the 2009–10 Edition

On May 21, 2010, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Jack O’Connell, released the state, county, district, and school level annual assessment (AA) summary results for the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) for 2009–10 on the California Department of Education (CDE) DataQuest Web site. The comprehensive results for 2009–10, including initial identification assessments conducted through June 30, 2010, will be available in November 2010.

This year, there was approximately a three percent decrease in the total number of English learners (ELs) tested during the AA window from 1,333,117 (2008–09) to 1,292,131 (2009–10), representing 40,986 fewer students being assessed. This represents the largest year to year decrease in the history of the CELDT Program. The overall AA results for 2009–10 show that nearly 40 percent of ELs who took the CELDT in California's public schools scored at the early advanced (30.7 percent) and advanced (9.1 percent) performance levels. Between 2006–07 and 2009–10, the percentage of ELs scoring at the early advanced or advanced performance levels increased nearly eight percentage points.

In June, the document, Explaining and Using 2009–10 Summary Results, will be posted under “Resources” on the CDE CELDT Web page. This document provides information and materials to assist local educational agencies (LEAs) in communicating summary results of the annual administration of the CELDT to staff; parents and guardians; the public; and the media. Schools and LEAs also find these materials useful for their annual evaluation of programs and services for ELs.

Upcoming CELDT Live! Online Presentations

Educational Data Systems provides CELDT Live! online presentations to CELDT District Coordinators (CDCs) with important information related to administering the CELDT. Additional information and previous CELDT Live! sessions are archived on the Educational Data Systems’ CELDT Web site. [Note, the preceding Web address is no longer valid.] Upcoming sessions include:

Return or Destruction of Non-Scorable 2009–10 CELDT Materials

CELDT materials must be handled securely at all times. It is the responsibility of the CDC to adhere to all guidelines for the return or destruction of test materials as indicated in the California Code of Regulations, Title 5, sections 11513–11514 and in the CELDT Test Security Agreement signed by the CDC.

The two options LEAs have during the return/destruction window (June 7 through August 20, 2010) are:

  1. Pick-up and return the unused and non-scorable materials—Districts may request only one pick-up of unused and non-scorable materials from Educational Data Systems during the pick-up window. Please ensure that all materials intended for pick-up are prepared and packaged prior to making a pick-up request.
  2. Destruction of the unused and non-scorable materials on-site in the district or LEAYou may destroy test materials on-site and confirm with Educational Data Systems by contacting CELDT Customer Support. If your district or LEA finds additional unused and non-scorable materials after this pick-up window has closed, you must use this option and destroy them locally.

Important: Do not destroy or return materials until all schools in the district are closed for the current school year.

Please log into the secure District Portal on the Educational Data Systems’ CELDT District Coordinator Secure Web Portal External link opens in new window or tab. Web page to choose your option during the window. If you have additional questions, please contact CELDT Customer Support by phone at 866-850-1039 or by e-mail at

Ordering 2010–11 CELDT Materials

The initial ordering window for 2010–11 testing materials was in March 2010 with shipments arriving on June 1 through June 15, 2010. It is each LEAs responsibility to ensure that materials are inventoried and crosschecked against the packing slip and your order invoice. If there is a shortage of materials, wait 48 hours to see if additional shipments arrive, then contact CELDT Customer Support. All testing materials must be stored in a secure location over the summer break.

The next window for ordering 2010–11 test materials, begins July 1, 2010 via the online ordering system provided in the secure District Portal on the Educational Data Systems’ CELDT Web site. Log into the CELDT District Coordinator Secure Web Portal External link opens in new window or tab. and click on the Order Management link or the Upload Option link to begin the process. On-screen instructions are available or you may view the February 23, 2010, Educational Data Systems CELDT Live! 2A: 201011 Ordering, Training Workshops, New District Coordinator Assistance presentation for a demonstration.

Scoring Training of Trainers Workshop Schedule

All test examiners are required to be trained to administer and reliably score the CELDT. Workshops for the 201011 Edition of the CELDT are provided to individuals who will train test examiners and who may administer the test in their respective county, district, or independently-testing charter schools.

Educational Data Systems conducted 13 workshops throughout the state this spring. Two additional workshops will be provided: August 24, 2010 in Costa Mesa and August 31, 2010 in Sacramento. For more information, or to register for these final two workshops, visit the Educational Data Systems’ Scoring Training of Trainers (STOT) Workshops Web page. [Note, the preceding Web address is no longer valid.]

Procedures for Local Test Examiner Training and Calibration

Once a CELDT District Coordinator, or other designated district staff, has attended a STOT, they are prepared to hold local trainings in their region. For a list of open trainings scheduled around the state, go to the Educational Data Systems’ CELDT External link opens in new window or tab. Web site for listings under STOT Workshops—Local/Regional Trainings. 

New this year for Local/Regional Trainings is an online training and calibration tool for your participants. This added feature will help supplement your trainings with tools to become more efficient and standardized in facilitating your CELDT training for test examiners. The slides and quizzes available on the site should be used in tandem with a live training by a STOT trainer. This tool was not intended or created as a stand-alone training. STOT trainers can use the online tool as a training and calibration resource to confirm that test examiners can administer the CELDT reliably. Each regional training should include all applicable materials and the 2010–11 Administration Training Kit (binder) for each participant.

CELDT and Title III Accountability

The Statewide Assessment Division merged with the Academic Accountability and Awards Division to become the new Assessment, Accountability, and Awards Division (AAAD). Staff responsible for Title III Accountability policy have moved into the new CELDT and Title III Accountability/California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE)/General Education Development (GED) Programs Unit. Staff in the CELDT and Title III Accountability office produce the 2009–10 Title III Accountability Report Information Guide, which will be posted to the CDE Web site in August 2010, and the 2009–10 Title III Accountability Reports that include the three annual measurable achievement objectives, as required by federal Title III law and regulations. These reports are tentatively scheduled for release in August 2010.

More Information
Additional information about the CELDT is available on the CDE CELDT Web page, the Educational Data Systems’ CELDT External link opens in new window or tab. Web site, or with CELDT Customer Support by phone at 866-850-1039 or by e-mail at
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