Over 10,000 students in the Chula Vista Elementary School District are English Learners, which means approximately 34 percent of the school’s total student population need academic and language support. To accurately assess the unique needs of each student, the district has begun to administer the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) to all English Leaners in grades Transitional Kindergarten (TK) through 12th grade.
The new state-wide test determines language proficiency and assessed four areas in English: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Based on the test results, educators can identify the areas in language and literacy that student needs extra assistance in and what resources would most benefit them.
The District has been training parents, teachers, and other school staff on the English Language Development (ELD) standards over the past four years in order to provide a seamless transition to the new test. In September, over 200 parents of English Learners attending training to learn more about ELPAC, participate in learning activities, and learn how to support students at home and assist them become more proficient in English.
At CVESD, English Learners receive language and academic support in English Language Arts, as well as mathematics, science, and other subjects they may need help in.
About the Chula Vista Elementary School District
The Chula Vista Elementary School District (CVESD) is the largest K-6th grade elementary school district in the state of California. It is located in the southern San Diego County and enrolls approximately 30,000 students within 46 schools. The district serves diverse communities and provides each student with an equal opportunity to excel within a rigorous learning environment that nurtures imagination, intellect, and a sense of inquiry.