Criteria for Reclassification of English Learners:
Reclassification is the process whereby a student is reclassified from an ‘English Learner’ to ‘Reclassified Fluent English Proficient’ (RFEP). Reclassification procedures shall utilize multiple criteria in determining whether to reclassify a pupil as proficient in English, including, but not limited to, all of the following:
- Assessment of language proficiency using an objective assessment instrument, including, but not limited to, the English language development test that is developed or acquired pursuant to Section 60810. (ELPAC overall score of 4)
- Teacher evaluation, including, but not limited to, a review of the pupil's curriculum mastery.
- Parental opinion and consultation.
- Comparison of the performance of the pupil in basic skills against an empirically established range of performance in basic skills based upon the performance of English proficient pupils of the same age, that demonstrates whether the pupil is sufficiently proficient in English to participate effectively in a curriculum designed for pupils of the same age whose native language is English. (iReady cut-point or SBAC of 3 or higher)
Students with disabilities, including severe cognitive disabilities, are to be provided the same opportunities to be reclassified as students without disabilities. In accordance with federal and state laws, the Individual Education Plan (IEP) team may address the individual needs of each English learner with a disability, using multiple criteria in concert with the four reclassification criteria in EC 313(f). These four criteria are the minimum required components that school districts must include in their local reclassification policy. Other criteria may be used to supplement the four required criteria to ensure that the most appropriate decision is made for each student.