English Learner Services – Family & Student Resources
- At the time of enrollment, California public schools are required to determine the language(s) spoken in the home by each student. To gather this information, all parents/legal guardians are required to complete, sign, and date a Home Language Survey (HLS) for each of their school-aged children.
- Students whose families select a language other than English on the HLS are given the Initial ELPAC to determine English Language Proficiency.
Students who are Reclassified demonstrate strong English language proficiency and close to grade-level academic proficiency.
Amador County Unified School District uses the following four criteria to establish local reclassification policies and procedures:
- Assessment of English Language Proficiency the state test of ELPAC Summative – Overall Performance Level 4
- Comparison of student performance in Basic Skills against an empirically established range of performance in basic skills of English proficient students of the same age.
- Teacher evaluation, including, but not limited to, a review of the student’s curriculum mastery
- Parent opinion and consultation
Requesting a Language Program
Parents/Guardians may request a language acquisition program that best suits their child. Schools in which the parents or legal guardians of 30 pupils or more per school or the parents or legal guardians of 20 pupils or more in any grade request a language acquisition program that is designed to provide language instruction shall be required to offer such a program to the extent possible. (EC Section 310[a])3
The process to establish a language program not currently offered is as follows:
1. Parents/Guardians submit a dated request for a specific language program in writing to the school site office.
2. The school administrator keeps track of all submitted requests in a binder maintained in the school office.
3. When a parent/guardian of 30 or more students in a school make a request or a parent/guardian of 20 or more students at a grade level in a school make a request, the district will:
i. provide written notification to parents and school personnel that a new language program has been requested within 10 days of reaching the above threshold.
ii. conduct a needs analysis to determine if it is possible to implement the requested program.
iii. provide written notice of the district’s determination of whether it can implement the requested program within 60 days of reaching the threshold.