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California English Language Development Test (CELDT)

Local Education Agencies (LEAs) are required to administer the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) to all students whose home language is not English within 30 calendar days after they enroll for the first time in a California public school. LEAs also are required to administer the CELDT annually to identified English Learners (ELs) until they are designated RFEP (Reclassified/Redesignated Fluent English Proficient) during the annual assessment window from July 1 through October 31. Additionally, Section 3302 of Title III of the ESEA (20 United States Code Section 7012) indicates that LEAs that receive Title III funds shall, not later than 30 days after the beginning of the school year or within two weeks of the child being enrolled in a language instruction program after the beginning of the school year, inform parents or guardians of the reasons for the identification of their child as an EL and that the child is in need of placement in a language instruction program.

The CELDT was developed to:

  • Identify students with limited English proficiency.
  • Determine the level of English language proficiency of those students.
  • Assess the progress of limited English-proficient students in acquiring the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English.

​(1) Source: California Department of Education
Testing & Accountability Division
California English Language Development Test (CELDT)

(2) Source: CalEdFacts
Testing & Accountability Division
California English Language Development Test (CELDT), CalEdFacts

CELDT Test Results