California English Language Development Test (CELDT)
Federal and state laws require a state test that school districts must give to students whose home language is not English. In California, this test is called the California English Language Development Test (CELDT). The purpose of this test is to identify new students who are English learners, in kindergarten through grade twelve; to determine their level of English proficiency; and to annually assess their progress in learning English.
All students whose primary language listed on the Home Language Survey is not English must take the test within 30 calendar days after they are
enrolled in a California public school for the first time. The CELDT also must be given once each year to English learners until they become
proficient in English. Parents and guardians cannot remove (opt out) their children from this requirement.
The CELDT for students in grades kindergarten through twelve covers listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The CELDT is based on
California English language development standards, adopted by the State Board of Education.
Test results for newly enrolled students are used to help identify English learners who need to develop their speaking,
listening, reading, and writing skills in English. Results from annual CELDT testing are used to see how well students are learning English.
School districts use the annual results as one of four criteria to help decide when students may be reclassified as fluent English proficient
Parents or guardians who wish more information about the CELDT or their student’s results on the CELDT, should contact their student’s teacher and/or school office.
This page was last updated on March 3, 2014.