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Reclassification & ELPAC

What is reclassification?

Reclassification can be thought of as an English Learner's language graduation. 

It’s the process for determining that an English Learner has become fluent in English. This is also known as RFEP, which is short for Fluent English Proficient (RFEP). It is a major accomplishment for any English Learner.

For high school students, reclassification can also help students access more course options in college.

Why is it important?

ELs who reclassify within 6 years Have better academic outcomes and are more likely to be eligible for the Seal of Biliteracy when they graduate.

ELs who take longer than 6 years to reclassify, known as Long Term English Learners (LTELs), are at higher risk on many academic measures, including graduation rates. 

Reclassified students are not required to take English Language Development courses, and this can create more opportunities to enroll in more subjects, especially for students in NJHS or NMHS. 

How does a student reclassify?

  1. Get a 4 on the ELPAC (English Language Proficiency Assessments of California).

  2. Be approaching or at grade level in reading according to the Board Approved Criteria linked here.

  3. Get near grade level in reading, writing, speaking and listening skills according to a teacher evaluation.

  4.  Receive parent or guardian consent to reclassify and exit the language development program.