ELD Program for English Learners
English Language Learners
The Redondo Beach Unified School District is committed to ensuring that all students receive the education and supports necessary to be successful and achieve the language and academic goals set forth by the California Department of Education:
- Ensure that English learners acquire full proficiency in English as quickly and effectively as possible while attaining parity with native speakers of English.
- Ensure that English learners within an appropriate amount of time, achieve the same grade-level academic standards we expect of all students.
To accomplish these goals, RBUSD offers its English learners specific programs in support of their English language development (ELD) including a Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) and a Dual Immersion (DI) programs. For additional information regarding the ways in which the District and schools support our English learners, please contact the office of Educational Services at (310)370-1223 or your child’s school.
District English Language Advisory Committee (DELAC)
Each California public school district, grades kindergarten through 12, with 51 or more English learners must form a District-level English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC) or subcommittee of an existing district-wide advisory committee.
The DELAC must effectively advise the governing board on at least the following tasks:
- Development of a district master plan for education programs and services for English learners. The district master plan will take into consideration the school site master plans.
- Conduction of a district wide needs assessment on a school-by-school basis.
- Establishment of district program, goals, and objectives for programs and services for English learners,
- Development of a plan to ensure compliance with any applicable teacher and/or teacher aide requirements.
- Review and comment on the school district reclassification procedures.
- Review and comment on the written notifications required to be sent to parents and guardians.
*Under the LCFF, districts with at least 50 English learners and whose total enrollment includes at least 15% English learners must establish a DELAC, and that DELAC must carry out specific responsibilities related to the LCAP.
English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)
California Education Code – Section 52176(b) mandates for each school with more than 20 pupils of limited English proficiency to establish a school level advisory committee on which parents or guardians, or both, of such pupils constitute membership in at least the same percentage as their children and wards represent of the total number of pupils in the school. In addition, the law is clear that the parents or guardians of English learners shall elect the parent members of the school advisory committee.
The ELAC is tasked with the following responsibilities:
- Advise the school site council (SSC) on the development of the school plan;
- Assist with the district/school’s needs assessment;
- If the district has 51 or more English learners, the ELAC must elect a representative to the District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC); and
- ELAC must receive training materials and training, planned in full consultation with committee members, to assist members in carrying out their legal responsibilities.
For ELAC members to advise the principal and staff on the programs and services provided to English learners, committee members need to understand:
- The program and services that are currently offered;
- Available fiscal and human resources;
- Academic achievement results of students participating in the program; and
- What options are or are not available.
The California Education Code requires schools to determine the language(s) spoken at home by each student. When students’ completed Home Language Survey indicates a language other than English is spoken at home, RBUSD is required to assess them with the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) to determine students’ English proficiency.
The ELPAC assesses students’ English proficiency with four subtests: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. In addition, there is an overall score which determines students’ EL proficiency level. Individual student results are reported to parents and teachers.
To better understand the ELPAC and Student Score Report, please visit the California Department of Education’s ELPAC Parent Resource website.
Additionally, you can take an ELPAC Practice Test with your child. See below or HERE.