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California English Language Development Test (CELDT) Schedule

What is the California English Language Development Test?

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).

What is the purpose of the 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.
  • To annually assess their progress in learning English.

Who is an English Learner?

An English Learner is a student, with a home language other than English, who is not yet proficient in English.

Who must take the CELDT?

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.