What is Reclassification?
Reclassification is the process whereby an English Learner is reclassified as a Fluent English Proficient (RFEP) student after meeting various linguistic and academic criteria set by the state and district. The San Francisco Unified School District has developed student reclassification policy and procedures based on criteria set forth by California Department of Education (CDE) guidelines. In general, students initially identified as English Learners (ELs) are reclassified as Fluent English Proficient when they meet the following criteria:
- Overall English proficiency level of 4 (Early Advanced) or 5 (Advanced) on the California English Language Development Test (CELDT), with subscores of 3 (Intermediate) or higher;
- Demonstration of “basic skills” in English from an objective assessment that is also given to English proficient students of the same age
- Teacher Evaluation
- Parent Notification
- To access standard reclassification forms, click here. This folder contains reclassification criteria and forms in English, Chinese, Spanish, Arabic, Filipino, and Vietnamese.
- To see which students at your school received pre-slugged reclassification forms most recently, click here.
- To see which students have been reclassified in 2016-2017, click here.
- For 2017-2018 new reclassified reports, click here.
English Language Learner (ELL)
Multilingual Pathways Department (MPD) distributes a list of EL's to each site on a regular basis. The list provides teachers and administrators with the necessary test information to initiate the reclassification process. In addition, MPD distributes a list specifically of students who potentially qualify for reclassification. It is the responsibility of the school site to initiate the reclassification process. All requests for EL reclassification are reviewed and approved by MPD staff if the student meets the above criteria. After a student is reclassified, his/her academic progress must be monitored for four years as of 2016-2017.