Reclassification Criteria


  • The purpose of the Kerman Unified School District reclassification policy is to assist schools in determining when English learner (EL) students may be reclassified as FEP by consistently using a comprehensive reclassification process. The following reclassification policy has been adopted by Kerman Unified School District and the DELAC:

    Specific Criteria to Be Used for Making Reclassification Decisions:
    Kerman USD and District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC) approved criteria will be used to determine when an English learner has acquired English language skills comparable to those of an average native English speaker, can participate equally with average native speakers in the school’s regular instructional program, and therefore, should be reclassified as RFEP (Reclassified Fluent English Proficient). Decisions to reclassify English learners who meet the district reclassification guidelines (p. 16) will be based on documented teacher evaluation of student’s English language proficiency, including a review of student’s mastery of the English language arts curriculum for the appropriate grade level. Documentation will be reviewed by the school site team in consultation with the Director of State and Federal Programs. Once the decision is made to reclassify a student to FEP, signatures of parents, teachers, and principals will be obtained.

    Consideration for English Learners with IEPs:
    English learners with disabilities are to be provided the same opportunities to be reclassified to FEP as students without disabilities. Alternative reclassification criteria may be utilized on an individual basis, as directed by the IEP team. Any decision to alter the reclassification criteria must be made by the IEP team in accordance with the requirements identified in the Annual CELDT Information Guide section: Guidelines for Reclassification - Reclassification of English Learners with Disabilities. The Director of Special Education facilitates and oversees district procedures for this process.

    Reclassification Guidelines:

    Guidelines: Required Criteria

    (California Ed. Code Section 313 [d])

    District Criteria

    K-1 students are considered on a case by case site referral.

    Assessments (most recent) must be consistent across grade levels.

    1) English Language Proficiency

    Assessment (CELDT or Alternate)

    CELDT Overall Proficiency Level = Early Advanced (4) or Advanced (5)

    Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing Levels = Intermediate (3) or higher

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    Alternate Assessment as determined by the IEP team: ________________

    2) Comparison of Performance in

    Basic Skills

    Student demonstrates sufficient proficiency in English

    to participate effectively in a curriculum designed for students of the same age, whose native language is English.

    Meets One of the Following Requirements:

    1) CAASPP ELA Summative = Standard Met (3) or Exceeded (4)

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    2) CAASPP ELA Summative

    OR ELA Interim Assessment

    AND Writing Rubric Levels = 3; Conventions = 2

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    3) California Alternate Assessment - pending availability and IEP

    determination.

    3) Teacher Evaluation of Student’s Academic

    Performance

    Teacher Evaluation Checklist = Meets Expectation in all areas

    4) Parental Opinion and Consultation

    Parents will provide input during the reclassification process.

    Follow-up Procedures:
    Each reclassified student will be monitored for two years. Teachers will collaborate with principals and learning directors as needed in order to make program adjustments for students who do not demonstrate satisfactory progress. The Follow-up Monitoring Form will be completed once a year. This evaluation will be signed by the teacher and principal and will include the following questions:

     1) Does the student demonstrate adequate oral language skills?

    2) Is the student working at or above grade level expectations?

    3) Does the student demonstrate satisfactory writing skills in English?

    4) Does the student feel successful?

    The results of this evaluation process will be documented and given to the school principal. Forms will be kept on file in the student’s orange EL folder at each site and at the State and Federal Programs department.