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English Language Development (ELD)
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The ELD program is designed to provide increased instructional opportunities for English learners. With designated, smaller classes focused on developing English language skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The goal of these courses is to help improve student language proficiencies in English and help them meet CA state content standards. Students are assessed throughout their courses in all areas and annually through the English Language Proficiency Assessment for California (ELPAC). 
Our program aims to:
  • Ensure that each English Learner (EL) is provided with an appropriate instructional program to accelerate English language development. 
  • Effectively communicate with parents to ensure collaborative program placement and increase parent participation and involvement.
  • Ensure proper program placement within the first thirty days of school.
  • Annually monitor the academic progress of EL students.
  • Set student goals toward reclassification for short and long-term EL students.
  • Whenever possible, support the continued development of the student's home language literacy.
  • Encourage and support educational opportunities for students to become multilingual and multi-literate.
All ELD Courses are designed to meet the CA English Language Development Standards and the  CA CCSS for English Language Arts for Grades 9-12. ELD 1 & 2 Language Arts courses each earn 10 credits for the English graduation requirement. The ELD 3 Language Arts course earns 10 credits for the graduation and A-G requirements. The ELD 4 Literacy course earns 10 elective credits for graduation requirements. Please contact counselors or the Counseling website for additional details. 
English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)
ELAC is a school-level committee comprised of parents, staff, and community members designed to advise school officials on English Learner programs and services.
The ELPAC is the mandated state test for determining English language proficiency (ELP). It is administered as an initial assessment to newly arrived students whose primary language is not English. As well as annually as a summative assessment to students who have been previously identified as EL students. The ELPAC is aligned with the California English Language Development Standards. For more detailed information about the exam please see the CA Department of Education information.
EL Reclassification
The ultimate goal of all ELD classes is to reclassify students from EL to Redesignated Fluent English Proficient (RFEP) before they graduate from high school. Reclassification does not prevent graduation but may hinder students’ continued progress in universities or community colleges. In order for a student to be reclassified, students must meet certain criteria: 
CA Required Criteria                                     (California Education Code Section 313[d])
ESUHSD Criteria 
English Language Proficiency Assessment for California (ELPAC)
Overall proficiency level: 4
Comparison of Performance 
in Basic Skills
California Assessment for English Language Arts (CAASPP – ELA):  
  • 8th grade Scale Score: 2,538 or higher
  • 11th grade Scale Score: 2550 or higher
Degrees of Reading Power (DRP) 
  • 9th-12th graders: Raw Score: 35 or higher (high school)
Teacher Evaluation
A grade of C- or better in the core subject areas. If the student receives a D or F in a core subject, the teacher of that class will administer the Student Oral Language Observation Matrix (SOLOM).
Parental Opinion and Consultation 
Parents will be notified and consulted through the mail upon the process of reclassification.
ELD Teachers
Laura Berry - 
ELD Department Lead (ITL), ELD Level 3 and English Teacher
With eight years teaching at IHS and over 10 years in education, Ms. Berry is an avid Giants baseball fan who loves books in every form, and is dedicated to ensuring that every EL student has the opportunity to grow and excel in high school and beyond.
Candice Cruz - 
ELD Level 2 and English Teacher
Ms. Cruz first joined Indy in 2018. She appreciates the opportunity to work through complex texts and explore ideas with her students. Her favorite part of teaching is helping students recognize their strengths so that they have confidence to continue to grow and take risks. 
Jan Gomez - 
ELD Level 1 and English Teacher
Jeremy Na -
ELD Level 2 and English Teacher
Celena White - 
ELD Level 3 and English Teacher
Ms. White's favorite part about teaching is the fun and enlightening interaction she has with her students. No day is ever the same! ELD and English are her favorite subjects because she believes literature is a great way to engage and motivate students in developing their reading and writing skills.  When she’s not teaching, you can find her spending time with her close family and friends.