Alum Rock Union School District

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English Learner Programs and Services

  • California State law requires that all English learners at the primary level be placed in an English language acquisition program that is appropriate for their grade and English proficiency level. The programs available at Alum Rock include:

    • Structured English Immersion (SEI) designed for ELs who are new to English or at the early levels of English proficiency.
    • Mainstream English Instruction (MEI) designed for ELs who have acquired reasonable fluency in English and are at higher levels of proficiency.
    • Dual Language Program where bilingualism and biliteracy are promoted. For more information visit Adelante Dual Language Academy and Adelante II.


Tools and Resources to Support our English Learners

Designated and Integrated English Language Development (ELD)

We have a dual obligation to English Learners to provide meaningful access to grade-level instruction, while developing students' academic language proficiency though designated and integrated ELD instruction.

Integrated ELD

All teachers with ELs in their classrooms use the CA ELD Standards in tandem with the CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy and other content standards throughout the school day and across all subjects.

Designated ELD

A protected time during the regular school day. Teachers use the CA ELD Standards as the focal standards in ways that build into and from content instruction in order to develop critical language ELs need for content learning in English.
- California Department of Education (2014)


English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)

The ELPAC is the test that is used to measure how well students in kindergarten through twelfth grade understand English when it is not their primary language. The ELPAC is taking 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.

Guides for Understanding Your ELPAC Score Report

ELPAC Overview Video

ELPAC General Resources

Parent Guide to Understanding ELPAC

ELPAC Teacher Support Webpage


California English Language Development Standards

Purpose, Development, and Structure

Proficiency Level Descriptors

Grade K

Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

Theoretical Foundations and Research Base

How English Works

Foundational Literacy

Resources & Information

Reclassification Criteria

Decision Guide for Placement of English Learners

Frequently Asked Questions

English Learners Frequently Asked Questions