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California English Language Development Test (CELDT)

Subject: English Language Learners
Grade Level(s): K – 12
Measures Growth: No
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The California English Language Development Test measures the English language skills of students whose primary language is not English, to determine instructional needs. Aligned to the English language development state standards, the CELDT measures language proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening. The test is also used to measure annual progress of students previously identified as English language learners.

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Summary of Reviews

Overall Rating

 1.59 stars (17 reviews)

 

Aligned to My Instruction

 1.54 stars (17 reviews)

 

PROS

  • Aligned to the standards I teach
    4 votes
  • Takes students a reasonable amount of time to complete
    3 votes
  • Assesses a range of students, including those from far below to far above grade level
    2 votes
  • Assesses higher-order thinking
    1 vote

CONS

  • Does not assess higher-order thinking
    14 votes
  • Takes students too long to complete
    14 votes
  • Misses growth of some students, such as those far below and/or far above grade level
    12 votes
  • Not aligned to the standards I teach
    7 votes

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

 1.13 stars (17 reviews)

 

PROS

  • Easy to administer
    4 votes
  • Results returned quickly
    2 votes
  • Helps me track my students' learning gains over the course of the school year
    1 vote
  • Data is presented clearly
    1 vote

CONS

  • Results are not returned quickly
    15 votes
  • Doesn't help me track my students' learning gains over time
    15 votes
  • Is not helpful to my professional growth as a teacher
    15 votes
  • It is hard to use the data
    12 votes
  • Difficult to administer
    8 votes

Reviews

DOES NOT ADDRESS ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEVEL

Overall Rating

 1 star

Aligned to My Instruction

 1 star

Cons: Not aligned to the standards I teach  •  Does not assess higher-order thinking  •  Takes students too long to complete

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

 1 star

Cons: Results are not returned quickly  •  Doesn't help me track my students' learning gains over time  •  It is hard to use the data  •  Is not helpful to my professional growth as a teacher

Additional Comments

Giving this test to kindergarten students at the beginning of the year is not an appropriate measure of their English Language Level. If a Kindergartener cannot read or write he/she will not pass the test. Most English Only kindergarten students would not be able to pass the test. The same test is given to first graders. It is biased and does not accurately address the students ability to speak English.

Submitted by in California on February 21, 2014

A lot of work for kids and staff!

Overall Rating

 2 stars

Aligned to My Instruction

 3 stars

Pros: Aligned to the standards I teach  •  Assesses higher-order thinking
Cons: Misses growth of some students, such as those far below and/or far above grade level  •  Takes students too long to complete

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

Pros: Results returned quickly
Cons: Difficult to administer  •  Doesn't help me track my students' learning gains over time  •  Is not helpful to my professional growth as a teacher

Additional Comments

This assessment is taken very soon in the beginning of the year, even before we have had our students for very long. I also believe it creates a lot of logistic problems when classes have both English learners and and English only students. It also takes a very long time! In my opinion, teaching students is of more value than assessments.

Submitted by in California on July 8, 2013

Ugh!

Overall Rating

 1 star

Aligned to My Instruction

 1 star

Cons: Does not assess higher-order thinking  •  Misses growth of some students, such as those far below and/or far above grade level  •  Takes students too long to complete

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

Cons: Results are not returned quickly  •  Doesn't help me track my students' learning gains over time  •  Is not helpful to my professional growth as a teacher

Additional Comments

Takes too much time for each student (1:1), and is far to rigid when trying to redesignate. Students whose primary language is English are not assessed on many of the elements that ELs are expected to know before redesignating.

Submitted by in California on June 27, 2013

The California English Language DEvelopment Test if unfair and unnecessary

Overall Rating

 1 star

Aligned to My Instruction

 1 star

Cons: Not aligned to the standards I teach  •  Does not assess higher-order thinking  •  Misses growth of some students, such as those far below and/or far above grade level  •  Takes students too long to complete

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

 1 star

Pros: Easy to administer
Cons: Results are not returned quickly  •  Doesn't help me track my students' learning gains over time  •  It is hard to use the data  •  Is not helpful to my professional growth as a teacher

Additional Comments

It's ridiculous that passing this test is one of three requirements to redesignate students to RFEPs. It's unfair because it's given at the beginning of the year so it really doesn't accurately assess any learning or growth.

Submitted by in California on June 12, 2013

CELDT

Overall Rating

 2 stars

Aligned to My Instruction

 2 stars

Pros: Assesses a range of students, including those from far below to far above grade level
Cons: Does not assess higher-order thinking  •  Takes students too long to complete

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

Cons: Results are not returned quickly  •  It is hard to use the data

Additional Comments

It is a very time consuming test which needs to be administered one on one with the younger students. I'm not really sure if it is a fair assessment. Also, I question why students in K-1 who do score high are not allowed to re-designated out of the program. Many of the English speaking students would not be able to score high marks.

Submitted by in California on June 12, 2013

CELDT for Kinders is NOT KIND

Overall Rating

 3 stars

Aligned to My Instruction

Pros: Takes students a reasonable amount of time to complete
Cons: Does not assess higher-order thinking  •  Misses growth of some students, such as those far below and/or far above grade level

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

Pros: Easy to administer  •  Results returned quickly
Cons: Doesn't help me track my students' learning gains over time  •  Is not helpful to my professional growth as a teacher

Additional Comments

Kindergarten and first grade students are tested at the beginning of each school year by a teacher they often do not know. The results are based on oral language and sometimes how the child responds with body language. Results can be skewed depended on the objectiveness of the tester.
Some students are given more prompts then others to complete the same tasks.

Submitted by in California on June 10, 2013

Not a fair assessment of knowledge...

Overall Rating

 2 stars

Aligned to My Instruction

 1 star

Pros: Takes students a reasonable amount of time to complete
Cons: Not aligned to the standards I teach  •  Does not assess higher-order thinking

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

 1 star

Pros: Helps me track my students' learning gains over the course of the school year
Cons: Difficult to administer  •  Results are not returned quickly  •  It is hard to use the data

Additional Comments

The CELDT Test is not an appropriate assessment of a student's actual language skills. With regards to students with special needs, there is not a modified assessment available and therefore I think they do not have a fair opportunity to be successful on such an important test.

Submitted by in California on April 19, 2013

CELDT

Overall Rating

 1 star

Aligned to My Instruction

 1 star

Cons: Not aligned to the standards I teach  •  Does not assess higher-order thinking  •  Misses growth of some students, such as those far below and/or far above grade level  •  Takes students too long to complete

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

 2 stars

Pros: Easy to administer  •  Data is presented clearly
Cons: Results are not returned quickly  •  Doesn't help me track my students' learning gains over time  •  Is not helpful to my professional growth as a teacher

Additional Comments

Students with disabilities have inaccurate results over time. The CELDT does not take into account students who have reading or writing disabilities.

Submitted by in California on April 18, 2013

Waste of Time

Overall Rating

 1 star

Aligned to My Instruction

Cons: Not aligned to the standards I teach  •  Does not assess higher-order thinking  •  Misses growth of some students, such as those far below and/or far above grade level  •  Takes students too long to complete

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

Cons: Difficult to administer  •  Results are not returned quickly  •  Doesn't help me track my students' learning gains over time  •  It is hard to use the data  •  Is not helpful to my professional growth as a teacher

Additional Comments

There are absolutely no pros for this assessment. It does not help me understand what my English Learners need to learn to progress to the next proficiency level. Also, it is administered in the beginning of the year when teachers are trying to develop their classrooms as learning communities, and as such interferes with the development of the classroom routine. Data is not received until several months after the test is administered and is not specific enough to inform instruction.

Submitted by in California on April 13, 2013

celdt testing?

Overall Rating

 2 stars

Aligned to My Instruction

 1 star

Pros: Aligned to the standards I teach
Cons: Does not assess higher-order thinking  •  Misses growth of some students, such as those far below and/or far above grade level  •  Takes students too long to complete

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

Cons: Difficult to administer  •  Results are not returned quickly  •  Doesn't help me track my students' learning gains over time  •  It is hard to use the data  •  Is not helpful to my professional growth as a teacher

Additional Comments

I have given this test and I also have had my students assessed by others. In fact, I remember when my school district used what we called the BINL. I have never found a second language assessment test to be very accurate. I have had students who did very poorly on the test and then read, spelled, or wrote beautifully. I also have had students who did very well but perform poorly on assessments the rest of the year. It's hard to get into the mind of a second language learner, let alone a student who does speak the primary language!

Submitted by in California on April 10, 2013

CELDT

Overall Rating

 1 star

Aligned to My Instruction

Pros: Aligned to the standards I teach
Cons: Does not assess higher-order thinking  •  Misses growth of some students, such as those far below and/or far above grade level  •  Takes students too long to complete

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

Cons: Difficult to administer  •  Results are not returned quickly  •  Doesn't help me track my students' learning gains over time  •  It is hard to use the data  •  Is not helpful to my professional growth as a teacher

Additional Comments

The data is too late to be of any use. The data comes so late that students are not reclassified as they master the standards. It is not an authentic assessment of student learning or mastery.

Submitted by in California on January 25, 2012

Totally unreliable

Overall Rating

 1 star

Aligned to My Instruction

 1 star

Cons: Not aligned to the standards I teach  •  Does not assess higher-order thinking  •  Misses growth of some students, such as those far below and/or far above grade level  •  Takes students too long to complete

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

Cons: Difficult to administer  •  Results are not returned quickly  •  Doesn't help me track my students' learning gains over time  •  It is hard to use the data  •  Is not helpful to my professional growth as a teacher

Additional Comments

This assessment is wildly unreliable. The standardized data is not readily available. I can't imagine that the results from the speaking section are reliable.

Submitted by in California on January 24, 2012

Bad timing and results come too late

Overall Rating

 2 stars

Aligned to My Instruction

Cons: Not aligned to the standards I teach  •  Does not assess higher-order thinking  •  Misses growth of some students, such as those far below and/or far above grade level  •  Takes students too long to complete

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

Cons: Difficult to administer  •  Results are not returned quickly  •  Doesn't help me track my students' learning gains over time  •  It is hard to use the data  •  Is not helpful to my professional growth as a teacher

Additional Comments

I think there is a need for the CELDT, but assessing them at the beginning of the year is not the right time. Also, there is a lag in receiving the results so it is difficult to use the data. Also, it takes a long time to administer. There are so many sections and you need to take at least 20 minutes per student for the speaking section. Also some of the questions in the speaking section were bizarre. The timing and test need some revamping!

Submitted by in California on January 23, 2012

CELDT- Kindergarten

Overall Rating

 3 stars

Aligned to My Instruction

 3 stars

Pros: Assesses a range of students, including those from far below to far above grade level
Cons: Misses growth of some students, such as those far below and/or far above grade level  •  Takes students too long to complete

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

 1 star

Cons: Results are not returned quickly  •  Doesn't help me track my students' learning gains over time  •  Is not helpful to my professional growth as a teacher

Additional Comments

Pros: The listening and speaking section gives me a general idea of where my students begin in regard to English proficiency. The reading section tests letter/sound correspondence well.

Cons:
The writing section for Kindergarten is mainly focused on copying letters and is not challenging. My Kindergarten students are leaving my classroom by the time that we receive results.
Instructional time is lost due to the fact that some of the sections must be given one-on-one. Schools with large percentages of ELL students lose the most instructional time due to the CELDT.

Submitted by in California on January 21, 2012

Too Early

Overall Rating

 1 star

Aligned to My Instruction

 2 stars

Pros: Aligned to the standards I teach  •  Takes students a reasonable amount of time to complete
Cons: Misses growth of some students, such as those far below and/or far above grade level

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

 1 star

Pros: Easy to administer
Cons: Difficult to administer  •  Results are not returned quickly  •  Doesn't help me track my students' learning gains over time  •  It is hard to use the data  •  Is not helpful to my professional growth as a teacher

Additional Comments

Why is the CELDT given at the beginning of the year? It'd be more helpful if I could teach my students and then assess them out of the process.

Submitted by in California on January 21, 2012

CELDT: Waste of Teaching Time

Overall Rating

 1 star

Aligned to My Instruction

 1 star

Cons: Does not assess higher-order thinking  •  Takes students too long to complete

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

 1 star

Cons: Results are not returned quickly  •  Doesn't help me track my students' learning gains over time  •  It is hard to use the data  •  Is not helpful to my professional growth as a teacher

Additional Comments

The CELDT is administered 2 weeks after school starts. It takes about 30 minutes to administer the test to every English Language Learner (20 in my class!). After all that hard work and time, I don't get to see the results until the end of the school year. Not useful at all for tracking student's progress during the school year.

Submitted by in California on January 20, 2012

CELDT

Overall Rating

 2 stars

Aligned to My Instruction

 2 stars

Cons: Does not assess higher-order thinking  •  Takes students too long to complete

Usefulness for Improving My Practice

 1 star

Cons: Results are not returned quickly  •  Doesn't help me track my students' learning gains over time  •  It is hard to use the data  •  Is not helpful to my professional growth as a teacher

Additional Comments

This test is meant to measure growth in English acquisition. Yet, it is administered two weeks after students return from an extended summer vacation during which many of them will have spoken, read, and written little to no English. Without passing the CELDT, students entering middle school have limited access to enrichment and acceleration.

Submitted by in California on January 17, 2012

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