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English Language Learners

Students that are learning English as a second language have access to services at each of the district’s school sites. When students enroll, if their Home Language Survey indicates that languages other than English are spoken in the home, a student will be assessed to determine their English Language proficiency. Depending on the assessment results, a student may receive services, or will be followed closely to assure that the student is learning and progressing in the curriculum.  

 Services available to English Learners include:

  • Classroom support
  • Pull-out support
  • After School Homework Club
  • A district liaison to support families
  • Spanish translations upon request

All Teachers are CLAD certified to teach English Learners and participate in Professional Development.

View California English Language Development Standards at

California English Language Standards

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English Learner Master Plan

The English Learner Master Plan provides guidance and direction to administrators, teachers, support staff, and students regarding the options available to parents, and the expectations the District holds for each school and classroom in the District.

It offers a practical guide for all staff to ensure that consistent, coherent services are provided to every English Learner (EL) and Standard English Learner in our district.  All educators are expected to implement this plan with fidelity, and we will hold each other accountable for doing so, while continuously improving our services and outcomes.

English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPAC)

The name of the California state language test is the English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPAC).  The Introduction to the Initial ELPAC for Parents Video provides information about the Initial ELPAC including its purpose, an explanation of who takes the test, and a description of how parents and guardians will be notified of their child's results.  This video is recommended for parents and guardians who want to learn more about the Initial ELPAC.

The Summative ELPAC Student Score Report Video shows elements of the student score report along with explanations of the information on the report.  This video is recommended for parents and guardians, as well as teachers and educators who want to learn more about how to understand the Summative ELPAC Student Score Report.

SVUSD ACADEMIC CRITERION FOR english learner RECLASSIFICATION to english proficient (RFEP)

Reclassification is recommended when the documented evidence of student performance indicates a student has met state and district reclassification (RFEP) criteria.  The English Learner Reclassification Form is used to record student data.

The following criteria are considered when determining Reclassification to  Fluent English Proficient (RFEP):

  1. Assessment of English language proficiency (ELPAC-English Language Proficiency Assessments for California).  Reclassification considered for those students whose overall performance level is "Well Developed" (level 4)
  2. State measures:  CAASPP ELA
  3. Local measures/performance of basic skills, including report card grade/score of progressing, writing sample, and reading level.
  4. Teacher evaluation, including a review of the student's curriculum mastery.
  5. Parent opinion and consultation.
  6. Students with disabilities:  The IEP/EL team MAY determine reclassification for a student if it can be shown that the student's primary disability is preventing them from showing proficiency on the ELPAC.
English Learners in Action