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Reclassification FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions regarding Reclassification.
  • What are the reclassification criteria set forth in California Education Code?

    The reclassification criteria set forth in California Education Code (EC) Section 313 External link opens in new window or tab. and Title 5 California Code of Regulations (5 CCR) section 11303, remain unchanged. Local educational agencies (LEAs) should continue using the following four criteria to establish reclassification policies and procedures:

    1. Assessment of English language proficiency (ELP), using an objective assessment instrument, including, but not limited to, the state test of English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC); and
    2. Teacher evaluation, including, but not limited to, a review of the student’s curriculum mastery; and
    3. Parent opinion and consultation; and
    4. Comparison of student performance in basic skills against an empirically established range of performance in basic skills of English proficient students of the same age.
  • Are any of these criteria standardized across California?

    Yes. The State Board of Education (SBE) approved the use of ELPAC Overall Performance Level (PL) 4 as the statewide standardized ELP criterion for reclassification beginning with the 2018–19 Summative ELPAC administration for grades K–12 (see Criterion 1 above).

  • Which reclassification criteria remain locally determined?

    Criteria 2, 3, and 4 (see Criteria 2–4 above), continue to be locally determined. For further information, please see the California Department of Education (CDE) Reclassification web page and page 22 of the 2020–21 ELPAC Information Guide (PDF).

  • Which Summative ELPAC threshold scores should LEAs use?

    LEAs should use the Summative ELPAC Scale Score Ranges (PDF) approved by the SBE in November 2018. These are available on the CDE ELPAC web page, to determine level designation for English language proficiency. The Summative ELPAC Scale Score Ranges are identified for each grade level for (K–8) and by grade span for grades 9–10 and 11–12.

  • Do all of the reclassification criteria apply to all grades K–12? Do they apply to students with exceptional needs?

    Yes, the reclassification criteria apply to all English learners in grades K–12, including students with exceptional needs. For further information, please see page 24 of the 2020–21 ELPAC Information Guide (PDF).

  • Does a student have to score an Overall PL 4 to be considered for reclassification?

    Yes. If a student will be taking the Summative ELPAC during the 2018–19 administration or later, then that student must score an Overall PL 4. The SBE approved the use of the ELPAC Overall PL 4 as the statewide standardized ELP criterion (see Criterion 1 above) for reclassification on January 9, 2019.

  • If listening, speaking, reading, or writing domain scores are less than four but meet an average Overall PL 4, can those students still be reclassified?

    Yes. Those students can still be reclassified. Only ELPAC Overall PL 4 was approved as the statewide standardized ELP criterion. Thresholds for the individual domains were not approved.

  • When can assessment of students, particularly those who have taken the Summative ELPAC for reclassification purposes, be reported in the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS)?

    Whether using the paper-pencil or computer-based initial ELPAC (for 2019–20 or 2020–2021) results to identify an English learner or the Summative ELPAC (for 2018–19 or 2019–20) results to reclassify a student, updates to a student’s English Language Acquisition Status (ELAS) can be reported in CALPADS as long as the following conditions have been met:

    1. Students enrolled on or before October 7, 2020 (Census Day), assessed by November 13, 2020 with the Initial ELPAC, and identified as EL student or initial fluent English proficient (IFEP) student will be entered into California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) automatically from Test Operations Management System as EL or IFEP.
    2. Students administered the 2019–2020 Summative ELPAC by October 30, 2020, with Overall PL 4 who meet the three locally-determined criteria should complete the process of reclassification. Local educational agency staff must update CALPADS with a reclassified fluent English proficient (RFEP) status before February 1, 2021, which is the start of the 2020–2021 Summative ELPAC administration. This will ensure that these students will not be required to take the Summative ELPAC in spring 2021. If the RFEP date is on or before Census Day, the student will be included in the 2019–2020 RFEP count. If RFEP date is after Census Day, the student will be included in the 2020–2021 RFEP count.
    3. Students enrolled on Census Day, who met Overall Level 4 on the 2018–2019 Summative ELPAC and the remaining three locally-determined criteria, are eligible to be reclassified on or before December 15, 2020.The RFEP date must be entered into CALPADS as on or before Census Day to be included in the 2019-2020 RFEP count.
  • Are LEAs required to present the district reclassification policy to the District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)?

    Yes, LEAs are required to present the reclassification policy to the DELAC in order to solicit advice on reclassification procedures. The DELAC shall review and comment on the school district reclassification procedures, pursuant to 5 CCR, 11308 (c)(6) (Advisory Committees). For further information, please visit the CDE DELAC web page.

Questions:   English Language Proficiency and Spanish Assessment Office | 916-319-0784
Last Reviewed: Thursday, June 3, 2021