The California English Language Development Test (CELDT) will help teachers and school administrators identify pupils who are limited English proficient, determine the level of English language proficiency of pupils who are limited English proficient, and to assess the progress of limited-English-proficient pupils in acquiring the skills of listening, reading, speaking, and writing in English.

In accordance with the English Language Development (ELD) Standards, CELDT was designed to assess four grade spans: K - 2, 3 - 5, 6 - 8, and 9 - 12. Students in Kindergarten and Grade 1 are assessed in Listening and Speaking. Students in Grades 2 through 12 are assessed in Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.

Initial Identification testing is administered to students whose primary language is other than English and who have not previously been assessed for English proficiency. Annual Assessment testing is for monitoring annual progress in acquiring English proficiency and to help in reclassifying English Learners.

At Thomas Starr King Middle School, close to 900 students in all tracks were tested. Parents or guardians interested in learning more about the CELDT should contact Conrad Lovo, English Learner Coordinator, at (323) 644-6743.