California English Language Development Test (CELDT)

Federal law (Title III of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act [ESEA]) and state law (Education Code [EC] sections 313 and 60810 through 60812) require a statewide English language proficiency test that school districts must administer to students in kindergarten through grade 12 whose primary language is not English and to students previously identified as English Learners (ELs) who have not been reclassified as fluent English proficient (RFEP). California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 10510, defines the test as the California English Language Development Test (CELDT).

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.

School districts are required to administer the 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. School districts also are required to administer the CELDT annually to ELs until they are reclassified to fluent English proficient.

Ruth Flores
Administrator of Special Projects
Assessment Center
(209) 574-1590