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.
What is the purpose of the CELDT?
The purpose of this test is to:
  • Identify English learners in kindergarten through grade twelve
  • Measure their skill level in English
  • Check their progress in learning English each year
Who can administer the test?
Only test examiners who are employees of Paradise Unified, are proficient in speaking English, have received formal CELDT training, and have completed the test security affidavit may administer the CELDT.
Do English learners with disabilities take the CELDT?
Yes. English learners, and newly enrolled students who have a home language other than English, with disabilities must be tested. Students with disabilities who participate in the CELDT may use variations, accommodations, and/or modifications as specified in their individualized education programs (IEPs) or Section 504 plans. 
Do foreign exchange students take the CELDT?
Yes. The law does not specify that any student(s) may be exempted.
Do students in transitional kindergarten classes take the CELDT?
Yes. These students are to take the kindergarten test. All students enrolled in PUSD in the first year of a two-year kindergarten program (i.e. transitional kindergarten), whose primary language is other than English as determined by a home language survey, must be administered the CELDT within 30 calendar days of enrollment or 60 calendar days prior to instruction, but not before July 1.
The CELDT-CalEdFacts page provides a more detailed overview of the test.
To learn more about the successor to the CELDT, visit the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) Web Page for the latest information.

Three Year Assessment Time Line

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