Learning Support Services

 English Learner Program (EL)

Jamie Lafuze, EL Program Coordinator 
(858) 521-2748


What is reclassification?
Once an identified English learner has reached a specific level of English proficiency, the student can be reclassified, or moved out of the English Learner Program. 
What are the criteria for reclassifying an English learner?
The four criteria for reclassification, as required by the State of California (Ed. Code 313), are:

  1. Results on the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)
  2.  Performance in basic skills (grade-level English):  see print version

 Reclassification Criteria: PUSD 2022-2023

Current Grade Level 2022 Overall ELPAC  English Proficiency
Running Record/DRA Levels (Spring 2022 or Fall 2022)
K 4 DRA 1 or higher
1 DRA 4 or higher
2 DRA 18 or higher
3 DRA 30 or higher
iReady Reading Scores (Winter 2022 or Fall 2022)
2 4 440
3 490
4 530
5 560
6 582
7 600
8 610
9 622
10 630
11 642
CAASPP ELA Score (Spring 2022)
4 4 2399
5 2444
6 2471
7 2493
8 2515
9 2577
12 2632
Cumulative GPA in English classes

4 Cumulative GPA of 2.0 in regular, honors, or AP English classes in previous school year
AP Language Comp. (Spring 2022)
11 - 12 4 AP Test Score 3 or higher
All students will need to also meet the remaining two criteria as follows:
Teacher Evaluation - teachers complete the Student Oral Language Observation Matrix (SOLOM), students must receive an overall average of 3.5 or higher
Parent Opinion and Consultation  
  1. Teacher evaluation and approval - teachers are consulted and required to complete the Student Oral Language Observation Matrix (SOLOM) - students must receive an overall average of 3.5 or higher
  2. Parent opinion and consultation

How are parents notified that their child is being reclassified?
Parents will be contacted as part of the reclassification process and asked for their input.  They will then be asked to sign the final reclassification paperwork. 

How will my child’s educational program change, once they have been reclassified out of the English learner program?
After the reclassification process has been completed, the student will no longer be receiving services through the English learner program.  They will, however, receive the supports that are available to all students at the school, as needed, and their progress will be monitored for a period of four years following reclassification.  Reclassified students no longer take the annual ELPAC test.


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