Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District (NLMUSD) currently and historically has maintained student enrollment in which a significant percentage of the enrolled students are English learners.
Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District is committed to providing English learners with high quality instruction that is directly linked to English language acquisition and academic success.
The district focuses on two major goals for English learners that serve as a guage of the program's effectiveness:
- Goal 1: English learners will acquire full proficiency in English as rapidly and effectively as possible.
- Benchmark One (AMAO 1): Percent of students making annual progress in learning English
- Benchmark Two (AMAO 2): Percent of students attaining English proficiency on CELDT
- Goal 2: English learners will meet state standards for academic achievement.
- Benchmark Three (AMAO 3): Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for English learner subgroup at the LEA (district) level
Additional monitoring of EL progress is accomplished through the utilization of district-generated instruments and the pacing expectations articulated in the English Learner Program Performance Expectations Matrix. EL Program Performance Expectations Matrix can be found on pages 73 and 74 of Norwalk-La Mirada USD English Learner Master Plan.
New ELD Standards:
Policies and Procedures for Reclassification of English Learners
The Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District has adopted a reclassification process that enables students initially identified as English Learners to exit specialized program services and participate without further language assistance as Fluent English Proficient students. English Learners shall be reclassified as Fluent-English Proficient (RFEP) when they have acquired the English language skills necessary to receive instruction and achieve academic progress in English only, at a level equivalent to students of the same age or grade whose primary language is English.
Reclassification criteria validate each student’s readiness to exit from specialized English Learner programs, by demonstrating achievement and mastery of grade-appropriate standards in the following areas:
- English language proficiency, including reading, writing, speaking and listening (ELD); and
- Academic achievement as measured by iReady.
The state requires that districts utilize the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) as the primary criterion and that the most recent available test data be used.
NLMUSD reclassification criteria are:
- Overall CELDT (California English Language Development Test) score of Early Advanced (4) or Advanced (5) and
- CELDT Listening score of Intermediate (3), Early Advanced (4), or Advanced (5)
- CELDT Speaking score of Intermediate (3), Early Advanced (4), or Advanced (5)
- CELDT Reading score of Intermediate (3), Early Advanced (4), or Advanced (5)
- CELDT Writing score of Intermediate (3), Early Advanced (4), or Advanced (5)
- Performance on Basic Skills - Students will need to meet one of the following:
- iReady cut score (varies by grade level)
- SBAC score (varies by grade level)
- PSAT score (varies by grade level)
- Student's Academic Performance
- Use measures such as grades, ELA benchmark scores, and/or high school credits on target for graduation as aconsideration for reclassification
- Note that incurred deficits in motivation and academic success unrelated to English language proficiency do not preclude a student from reclassification
- Parent Opinion and Consultation:
- Parents and guardians are provided notice of their rights and invited to participate in the reclassification process; and
- Parents/guardians must be notified in writing that the student has been reclassified.
Please refer to EL Newsletter Spring 2017 for more details.
District EL TOSA Newsletters