Reclassification of English Learners
What is reclassification of English learners and how does it happen?
Reclassification is the process whereby a student is reclassified from English learner status to fluent English proficient (RFEP) status after meeting various linguistic and academic criteria set by the state and district. The Twin Rivers Unified School District has developed student reclassification policy and procedures based on criteria set forth by California Department of Education (CDE) guidelines. Students initially identified as English Learners (ELs) are reclassified to fluent English proficient when they meet the following criteria:
- ELPAC Overall Performance Level (PL) 4,
- Demonstration of “basic skills” in English from an objective assessment that is also given to English proficient students of the same age,
- Teacher Evaluation, and
- Parent Opinion and Consultation
How are English learners reclassified in our school district?
The reclassification window is open throughout the year after course grades are posted. Eligible English learners are identified to be reviewed for reclassification based on meeting the score criterion on the ELPAC and one other ELA assessment (Smarter Balanced ELA or ELA District Benchmark/Assessments).
After becoming eligible, students are evaluated by their current English teacher on their performance in English Language Arts (ELA).
Then, the parent/guardian(s) of the eligible student is consulted for their input and opinion about their child’s pending reclassification.
Next, the English Learner Services Department reviews whether English learner students have met all four criteria of reclassification. After meeting the score criterion on the ELPAC and one other ELA assessment, students must receive teacher recommendation and parent agreement to reclassify as fluent English proficient (RFEP).
Once students reach RFEP status, they no longer need to participate in designated ELD, annual ELPAC testing, or other English learner services. The school and the English Learner Services Department will closely monitor RFEP students’ academic progress for four years. Interventions and support will be recommended and implemented for students failing to meet academic achievement goals.
Who should I contact if I have additional questions about reclassification of English learners (standard process)?
If you have additional questions or need more information about the process of reclassification, contact Rosina Kirkland, Coordinator Rosina.Kirkland@twinriversusd.org or Timothy Tibbs, Coordinator Timothy.Tibbs@twinriversusd.org, at the English Learner Services Department.
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