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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: 

  1. 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;
  2. Demonstration of “basic skills” in English from an objective assessment that is also given to English proficient students of the same age
  3. Teacher Evaluation; and
  4. Parent Notification.

Please refer to the linked “SFUSD Reclassification Criteria by Grade Level” and “Reclassification Criteria Quick-Guide” for each language and grade span. Once students reach RFEP status, their school and Multilingual Pathways Department will closely monitor their academic progress for two years.

English Learners with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)

If deemed appropriate by the IEP Team, English Learners may be assessed with the “VCCALPS” as an alternate assessment to the CELDT to determine English proficiency levels. If the school’s language appraisal team determines that an EL with an IEP would benefit from EL reclassification, but the student’s disability prevents him/her from meeting the above criteria, the Individualized Reclassification Protocol may be appropriate for this relatively small number of students.  Multilingual Pathways Department (MPD) distributes a list of ELs to each site on a regular basis. The list provides teachers and administrators with the necessary test information to initiate the reclassification process. It is the responsibility of the school site to initiate the Individualized Reclassification process. All requests for EL reclassification are reviewed and approved by MPD staff if the student meets the required criteria.

SFUSD Reclassification Criteria by Grade Level:

Reclassification Criteria Matrix by Grade Level - English
Reclassification Criteria Matrix by Grade Level - Spanish
Reclassification Criteria Matrix by Grade Level - Tagalog
Reclassification Criteria Matrix by Grade Level - Vietnamese

SFUSD Reclassification Process Quick-Guides:

Reclassification Quick Guide, Grade 3-5 Chinese
Reclassification Quick Guide, Grade 3-5 English
Reclassification Quick Guide, Grade 3-5 Spanish

Reclassification Quick Guide, Grade 6-12 Chinese
Reclassification Quick Guide, Grade 6-12 English
Reclassification Quick Guide, Grade 6-12 Spanish