California English Language Development Test (CELDT)

The English Language Development (ELD) standards were adopted in July, 1999 by the State Board of Education to provide guidelines for instructing and monitoring the progress of English language learners. The standards were designed to serve as pathways to the California English language arts standards adopted in 1997. 


All newly enrolled students whose primary language is not English must take the test within 30 calendar days after they enroll in a California public school for the first time.  The CELDT also must be given once each year to English learners until they are reclassified.  The CELDT has three main purposes:

  • Initial identification
  • Annual assessment
  • Reclassification

CELDT Search

CELDT Search is a secure, web-based tool that allows participating districts to share and access individual student CELDT results in a timely and accurate manner. Fast and efficient access to these results ensures that schools have reliable English language proficiency results available as part of their criteria for appropriate program placement of English learners. Users must be registered by SDCOE.

CELDT DATA Form to submit CELDT DATA Disk to SDCOE.