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California English Language Development Test (CELDT)

Students in kindergarten through grade twelve whose home language is not English are required by law to be assessed in English language proficiency (ELP). In California, the ELP assessment is the CELDT.

The CELDT allows schools to identify students who need to improve their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English. Schools also give the test each year to students who are still learning English.

Frequently Asked Questions

For answers to "What is the purpose of the CELDT?" and "Who must take the CELDT?" and other frequently asked questions (FAQs), please visit the CELDT FAQ web page.

2016–17 CELDT Results

For school, district, county, or state results, visit the 2016–17 CELDT Test Results reporting website.

CELDT Initial/Annual Scale Score Ranges

CELDT Initial/Annual Scale Score Ranges

English Language Development Standards

2012 California English Language Development Standards

CELDT Blueprints
Item Alignment Report

CELDT Item Alignment to the 2012 English Language Development Standards Report (DOC)

CELDT Technical Documentation

CELDT Technical Documentation
Technical report releases and a study evaluating CELDT linkage with English Language Development Standards.

Education Code

The administration of an English language proficiency assessment is enforced by law.


CELDT regulations (DOC) were enacted in June 2005.

Educational Data Systems
For additional CELDT information, view the test contractor’s web page External link opens in new window or tab..
Questions:   English Language Proficiency and Spanish Assessments Office | | 916-319-0784
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, February 12, 2019
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