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Program Information

District English Learner Advisory Committee

The following information is provided to include the community in our discussion on education in Lowell Joint School District.

Agendas and Minutes:

December 11, 2015 Agenda and Minutes

March 11, 2016 Agenda and Minutes

November 10, 2016 Agenda and Minutes

March 23, 2017 Agenda and Minutes

November 9, 2017 Agenda

Spanish Resources

Proficiency Level Descriptors for CA ELD Standards- Descriptores de los niveles de dominio para los estandares ELD.

Proficiency Level Descriptors Spanish

Proficiency Level Descriptors for CA ELD Standards- Descriptores de los niveles de dominio para los estandares del Desarrollo del idioma ingles de California.

Proficiency Level Descriptor for CA ELD Standards Spanish

Excerpted from Common Core State Standards:  Communications Toolkit for California- Los padres o tutores y los Estandares Estatales Basicos Comunes.

Common Core State Standards Spanish

English Language Learner

English Learner Program

The Lowell Joint School District is committed to the academic achievement of all students. This webpage has been created to assist parents and teachers by providing access to information relevant to English learners and English language acquisition.

ELA/ELD Framework Adopted by SBE

On July 9, 2014, the California State Board of Education (SBE) adopted the English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework for California Public Schools (Framework).This is the first time in the nation that a state has adopted dual guidelines in one publication for both English language arts (ELA) and English language development (ELD). By combining both sets of standards into a coherent curriculum framework, California has made clear that its goal is to prepare all students for literacy in the 21st century.

The Framework provides guidance to teachers implementing the California CCSS for ELA & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects as well as the new California ELD Standards including instructional strategies and resources such as vignettes and models that teachers may use to strengthen the learning for every student. It also provides guidance to schools and districts on curriculum, instructional programs, assessment, leadership, professional learning, and issues of equity and access. The Framework was developed by educators and literacy experts, most of whom are teachers in California classrooms.

The final digital version of the ELA/ELD Framework is now available on California Department of Education ELA Curriculum Framework Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/rl/cf.

Advisory Committees

The Lowell Joint School District strongly supports the involvement of all parents, including those parents of English Learners, in the educational process of their children.

Parents are encouraged to participate in their child’s school sites’ English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC). Each participating school site holds a minimum of two general sessions per school year. This functioning body advises the school site on programs and services for English language learners.

By participating on your child’s school sites’ ELAC, you have the opportunity to serve as a committee member of our District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC). This district level committee consists of parents, teachers, administrators, and district personnel who are interested in becoming knowledgeable about and more involved with the English Learner program.


The ELPAC is the test that is used to measure how well students in kindergarten through twelfth grade understand English when it is not their primary language. The ELPAC is taking the place of the California English Language Development Test (CELDT). Information from the ELPAC helps your child’s teacher provide support in the right areas.

The ELPAC has two parts:


Initial Assessment

Who: Students will take the Initial Assessment if:

  • the student has a primary language other than English
  • the student has not taken the CELDT or ELPAC before, and
  • the student has not been classified before as an English learner.

What: The Initial Assessment is used to identify students as either an English learner who needs to support to learn English, or as proficient in English.

When: Students are given the Initial Assessment within 30 days of when they enroll at the school.

Why: Identifying students who need help learning in English is important so these students can get the extra help they need to do well in school and access the full curriculum. Every year students who are English learners will take the ELPAC summative to measure their progress in learning English.


Summative Assessment

Who: The Summative Assessment is given to students who are identified as an English learner on the Initial Assessment.

What: The Summative Assessment is used to measure the skills of English learners. The results will help tell the school or district if the student is ready to be reclassified as proficient in English.

When: Students who are English learners are given the Summative Assessment every spring between February and May until they are reclassified as English proficient.

Why: Identifying students who need help learning in English is important so these students can get the extra help they need to do well in school and access the full curriculum. Every year students who are English learners will take the ELPAC summative to measure their progress in learning English.

The ELPAC tests four different area:

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing

Do students with disabilities take the ELPAC?

Yes, the ELPAC has been designed so that students, including those with special needs, can participate in the test and demonstrate what they know and can do. As a result, the test includes accessibility resources that address visual, auditory, and physical access barriers—allowing virtually all students to demonstrate what they know and can do.


How Can I Help My Child Get Ready for the ELPAC?


You are an important part of your child's education. Some things you can do to help your child are:

  • Read to your child, or have your child read to you in English, daily.
  • Use pictures and ask your child to tell you in English what they seein the picture or what is happening in the picture.
  • Talk to your child’s teacher about which areas of learning English (listening, speaking, reading, writing) he or she may need extra help.
  • Discuss the test with your child. Make sure he or she feels comfortable and understands the importance of taking the test.

The ELPAC is aligned with the California English Language Development Standards (PDF).


Information taken from the California Department of Education.

English Language Learners and the Common Core

Implementation of ELD Standards

Per Assembly Bill 124, the California Department of Education (CDE) was required to update, revise, and align the state's 1999 English Language Development (ELD) standards to California's Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English-Language Arts (ELA) that were adopted by the State Board of Education in August 2010. The State Board of Education adopted the updated California ELD standards on November 7, 2012.

Some key features of the 2012 ELD standards include:

  • a set of ELD standards for each grade level, Kindergarten through grade 8, and for the high school grade spans 9-10 and 11-12;
  • correspondence to CCSS ELA standards noted for each ELD standard;
  • three English language proficiency levels: Emerging, Expanding, and Bridging;
  • standards organized into three language modes: collaborative, interpretative and productive, and three categories under the heading learning about how English works: structuring cohesive texts, expanding and enriching ideas, and connecting and condensing ideas.


Resources for Parent and Students

A Parent Guide to Understanding the ELPAC

This guide provides parents with important information regarding the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California.

ELPAC Practice Tests

The Practice Test gives students, parents and families, teachers, administrators, and others an opportunity to become familiar with the types of test questions on the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC). 

CELDT Released Test Questions K-12

English Language Development Test - Released Test Questions

Common Core State Standards in ELA for K-12

Content standards were designed to define the knowledge, concepts, and skills that students should acquire at each grade level.

English Language Development Standards  (Spanish Version)

ELD Specific Standards K-12

Colorin Colorado  (English/Spanish)

Numerous articles, resources, and strategies to support ELL at school and home.

How-to-Study.com (English/Spanish)

  •  Language Arts
  • Math
  • Note Taking
  • Remembering
  • Studying
  • Taking Tests

CELDT Glossary of Terms

Frequently Asked Questions About the CELDT (Spanish Version)

Answers common questions regarding the California English Language Development Test

USA Learns, Free English Classes for Adults (English/Spanish)

USA Learns is a free ESL program developed for adults with limited English language skills

More Information about USA Learns

Learn to Read at Starfall

Teaching comprehension and phonics

Common Core State Standards Resources for Parents and Guardians in Multiple Languages