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English Language Development (ELD)

Students that enter school speaking a language other than English are assessed during the first 30 calendar days after enrollment with the CELDT test.  Based on the results of the assessment, students are classified as either LEP (limited English proficient) or IFEP (Initial Fluent English Proficient). Student designated as “LEP” initially receive ELD daily for 60 minutes a day.


Once a student is proficient in English, the student is reclassified as “RFEP.” 

“Reclassification” is the process by which an English Learner is deemed to have acquired sufficient proficiency in English to succeed academically without English language development support. Students are expected to reclassify within five years.


To reclassify, an English Learner must meet all the following criteria at the same time:

  • Achieve at least basic grade level performance as measured by the state assessment (grades 3-5) or required assessments in English Language Arts (grades K – 2), and
  • Score “Early Advanced” or higher (“4” or “5”) on the CELDT, with score of “Intermediate” or higher (“3”. “4”, or “5”) in each of the domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, and
  • Earn a mark of 3 or 4 in English Language Arts on the Elementary Progress Report.


To complete the reclassification process, a Notification of Reclassification Letter must be signed by the parent and placed in the student’s cumulative record.