DELAC and English Learner Program

  • The District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC) is made up of representatives from each school's English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC).
     
    A DELAC is required when a school district has an enrollment of 51 or more English learners. Additionally, 51 percent of the DELAC members must be parents. The DELAC shall advise the school district governing board on all of the following tasks:
     
    Development of a district master plan including policies guiding consistent implementation of EL educational programs and services that takes into consideration the SPSA. (5 CCR) § 11308[c][1])
    Conducting of a district-wide needs assessment on a school-by-school basis. (5 CCR § 11308[c][2])
    Establishment of district program, goals, and objectives for programs and services for ELs. (5 CCR § 11308[c][3])
    Development of a plan to ensure compliance with any applicable teacher and instructional aide requirements. (5 CCR §11308[c][4])
    Review and comment on the local educational agency’s (LEA’s) reclassification procedures.
    (5 CCR § 11308[c][6])
     
    Review and comment on the written notifications required to be sent to parents and guardians. (5 CCR§ 11308[c][7])
     
    If the DELAC acts as the EL parent advisory committee under EC §§ 52063(b)(1) and 52062(a)(2), the DELAC shall also review and comment on the development or annual update of the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). Under the local control funding formula (LCFF), districts with at least 50 ELs and whose total enrollment includes at least 15 percent ELs must establish a DELAC, and that DELAC must carry out specific responsibilities related to the LCAP.
     
    The District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC) Meeting Schedule for the 2019-2020 School Year

    Location:
    District Office
    44938 30th Street East
    Lancaster, CA 93535
    Room 106

    Times:
    Thursdays from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m beginning August 15th, 2019.

    Dates: 
    October 24, 2019
    December 12, 2019
    March 12, 2020
    April 16, 2020

ELD and ELPAC

  • The ELD Program

    The state of California recognizes that English learners “bring a rich diversity of cultural backgrounds and come from families with rich social and linguistic experiences.” (California Department of Education, California English Learner Roadmap, 2018, p 1) The English Learner Program is an essential part of American education for any student who attends public school and is not yet fluent in the English language. It is designed to enable English learners to fully access  and participate in a standards based education. Upon initial enrollment, every family fills out information about the language(s) present in the student’s home. An assessment, called the Initial English Language Proficiency Assessment for California (Initial ELPAC - see below for more information) is administered to those students who speak a language other than English to determine their level of fluency. Students who are not yet academically fluent in English join the English Language Development Program as English Learners (ELs).

    The English Language Development (ELD) program helps students develop proficiency in English as rapidly and as effectively as possible. English Language Development (ELD) lessons are designed to promote English learners' acquisition of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. English Learners receive additional support in both English and in their core academic classes.

    All of the instructional programs designed for ELs contain the following components:

    • Differentiated ELD instruction, specifically designed for English learners based on the California English Language Development Standards (adopted November 2012 by the California State Board of Education).
    • Differentiated core curriculum instruction using the California ELD Standards alongside the California Common Core State Standards and other content area standards.
    • Structured activities designed to develop academic English, encourage multilingualism, and promote positive self-esteem.

    ELPAC

    The ELPAC is the test that is used to measure how well students in kindergarten through grade twelve understand English when it is not their primary language. The ELPAC took 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 tests four different areas:

    Testing Areas ELPAC

    The Summative ELPAC is given in the spring annually until a student is reclassified as Fluent English Proficient. The Initial ELPAC is given only once, upon a student’s entry into a California school.

    To learn more, go to ELPAC Resources for Parents on the California Department of Education website.

     

RFEP, ELAC, and DELAC

  • Reclassification to Fluent English Proficient (RFEP)
    The goal for all English Learners who enter the Eastside Union School District is to be Redesignated as Fluent English Proficient (RFEP) after receiving English Language Development (ELD) program support for four years or fewer. The process is guided by State and federal regulations and supported by the EUSD’s ELD rigorous program of Designated and Integrated ELD instruction. Student academic achievement as well as teacher and parent input are all considered before a student is eligible for reclassification. The following flow chart illustrates the Eastside Union School District’s process:

    RFEP Flow Chart


    ELAC and DELAC
    The English Learner Advisory Council (ELAC) is an elected committee of parents, staff, and community members specifically designated to advise school officials on English Learner program services. Each California public school, grades kindergarten through grade 12, with 21 or more English learners must form an English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC). The ELAC shall be responsible for advising the principal and staff on programs and services for English
    learners and the School Site Council on the development of the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA), and assist the school in the development of the school's needs assessment and ways to make parents aware of the importance of regular school attendance.

    The requirements for ELAC elections include that parents of English learners (ELs) must comprise at least the same percentage of the ELAC membership as ELs constitute of the school’s total student population. For example, if 25 percent of the students in a school are English learners, then parents/guardians of English learners must comprise 25 percent of the ELAC membership.

    Other members of the ELAC can be parents/guardians, school staff, and /or community members as long as the minimum percentage requirement for EL parents is maintained. Parents or guardians of English learners must have an opportunity to elect the parent members to serve on
    the ELAC or subcommittee. Each ELAC shall have the opportunity to elect at least one member to the District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC). The district provides training for all ELAC members including training materials to assist each member to carry out his or her legally required advisory responsibilities. The training is planned with consultation from ELAC members.

    More information on site ELAC dates and times can be found on each school’s website.

    ELAC información en Español: https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/cr/elacsp.asp
    The District English Learner Advisory Council (DELAC) provides guidance and advice to the EUSD Board of Education and the District staff on the needs of students who are learning English as a second language, including language instruction program and services. The DELAC promotes collaborative actions that encourage the participation of parents of English Learners in discussions about educational issues and opportunities, and by so doing, helps assure the academic achievement of English Learners.

    The requirements for the composition of the DELAC is that it be comprised of at least 51% parents or guardians of currently enrolled ELs. Members are elected by a majority of EL parents who are members of the site ELACs. A Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, and Secretary are elected by the members and trained to fulfill their duties as outlined in the Bylaws. EUSD DELAC Bylaws

    DELAC meetings are held regularly at the district office. Members of the school community and the public are welcome. Dates for DELAC

    DELAC información en Español: https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/cr/delacspa.asp

    English Learner Master Plan and the California English Learner Roadmap
    EUSD is currently developing an EL Master Plan using the California EL Roadmap as guidance. For more information on the Roadmap, please follow the following link:
    https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/el/rm/elroadmappolicy.asp