English learners in Fresno, as in the entire state of California, are expected to advance one English language level each year as currently measured by the English Language Proficiency Assessment for California (ELPAC).  During the time they are acquiring language, schools and teachers utilize assessment and data tools to measure and monitor EL student progress toward meeting this goal. At the end of the fifth year from initial identification, English learners are expected to attain reclassification to Fluent English Proficiency status. After reclassification, students are monitored to ensure that they maintain the growth they’ve made and that they experience continued academic success.

Progress Monitoring

As students make gains toward mastering English, it is imperative that leaders and teachers have tools to move them toward the goal of gaining at least one language acquisition level per year. This guarantees that students will meet the reclassification criteria in five years, and allows for timely interventions when students start to present indications of not meeting them.

District and school administrators have various tools at their disposal to monitor the success of the district as a whole, and for individual school sites in order that their EL students grow one level per year:

  • School Quality Indicators (SQII)
  • English Learner Census and Services Report
  • Ellevation
  • English Learner Redesignation Goal Setting Report

In addition, teachers have various tools available for classroom level monitoring of the language acquisition progress in order to plan appropriate instruction to meet the needs of the various English Learners they serve:

  • Ellevation
  • English Learner Redesignation Goal Setting Report per class
  • California ELD Standards Proficiency Level Descriptors
  • Classroom formative assessments and grades
  • Accountable Community work with colleagues

The Reclassification Process

Fresno Unified School District reclassifies EL students to Reclassified Fluent English Proficient (RFEP) at the point when specialized language and academic support services are deemed no longer needed for ELs to be successful in the mainstream educational program at a level commensurate to non-ELs.

This decision is made using criteria that include assessment of English language proficiency using:

  • i-Ready
  • Teacher evaluation
  • Parent consultation

Once ELs are reclassified, they retain RFEP status for the rest of their educational careers.  However, the academic progress of RFEP students must be monitored for a minimum of four years, as required by state and federal guidelines, and if their continued linguistic and academic performance declines or stalls, interventions are provided to ensure that these students reach and maintain grade level academic proficiency.  A full description of the reclassification process is detailed below.

Criteria For Reclassification

ELs are reclassified to fluent English proficient based on the following multiple criteria that are identified in the California Education Code and recommended by the State Board of Education (SBE).  The minimum criteria to be considered for reclassification are:

  • Overall English proficiency level of 4 on the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC).
  • Comparison of the performance of the pupil in basic skills against an empirically established range of performance in basic skills based upon the performance of English proficient pupils of the same age, that demonstrates whether the pupil is sufficiently proficient in English to participate effectively in a curriculum designed for pupils of the same age whose native language is English
  • Teacher Evaluation – Teachers will review ‘RFEP Ready’ students in Ellevation and the ATLAS EL Redesignation Goal Setting Report. Teachers review and complete the Teacher Recommendation Form for Reclassification.
  • Parent/Guardian consultation – A conference will be scheduled to review reclassification criteria and student progress. Translation services will be provided as necessary. During school closure, parent/guardians will be consulted with by phone. Parents/Guardians will also be notified via U.S. Postal Service of student qualification for reclassification.


Site process for the school principal or his/her designee EL Site Representative is responsible for ensuring that ELs who meet the eligibility criteria are reclassified in a timely manner. The principal or EL Site Representative must support teachers in accessing Ellevation and the EL Redesignation Goal-Setting Report from ATLAS which identifies ELs at each site who meet reclassification eligibility. Upon every reclassification opportunity (i.e., release of ELPAC results and/or availability of local assessment results):

  1. EL Site Representatives review Ellevation and the EL Redesignation Goal-Setting Report in ATLAS.
  2. Students who meet reclassification eligibility are identified and teacher reviews, signs, and submits form in Ellevation if they agree with reclassification. This form is filed in students’ LEP Cumulative folder.  Teachers who disagree with reclassification, complete, sign and date the English Learner Intervention Plan and submit it to the Office of English Learner Services to stop the reclassification process.
  3. Parents are notified in writing about their child’s reclassification eligibility.
  4. Students’ reclassification status is officially recorded in ATLAS

Quick Links

Back to top