California English Language Development Test (CELDT)CELDT testing is required California state testing for English language proficiency that must be given to students in grades K-12 whose primary language is something other than English. The CELDT has three purposes:
Students fall into two categories:
- To identify students who are limited English proficient;
- To determine the level of English language proficiency of students who are limited English proficient;
- To assess the progress of limited English proficient students in acquiring the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English.
- Annual Assessment: Students who have previously taken the CELDT and were identified as English learners (ELs) must be tested annually until they are reclassified as fluent English proficient based on the guidelines for reclassification established by the State Board of Education (Education Code Section 313[f]).
The CELDT testing window is as follows:
- Initial Assessment: All students whose primary language is not English, based on a home language survey, and who have not previously taken the CELDT, must be given an initial assessment within 30 days from the date of first enrollment.
Annual Assessment of Current English Learners
July 1 – October 31
Initial Assessment of New Students
Within 30 days of enrollmentFor more information about the CELDT program click here.