Aligned with ELD Standards
Every student who has a home language other than English, as determined by the Home Language Survey, must take the California English Language Development Test, or CELDT. The CELDT questions are aligned with the California English Language Development (ELD) Standards, which identify five performance levels: Beginning, Early Intermediate, Intermediate, Early Advanced, and Advanced; furthermore, the ELD Standards are organized by the domains of listening and speaking, reading, and writing.
Purpose of the CELDT
The CELDT is used for three main purposes: to identify English learners, to determine the level of English language proficiency of students who are English learners, and to assess the progress of English learners in acquiring skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in English.
Why is it important?
CELDT results help the coordinator of the Program for English Language Learners place students in the appropriate classes to provide the best opportunity to acquire English quickly and effectively. They are also one of the measuring tools used to determine whether an English learner can be reclassified as fluent (RFEP).