Upcoming ELAC/DELAC meetings: (All held at 8:00am in the art room unless otherwise noted)
ENGLISH LEARNER ADVISORY COMMITTEE (ELAC)
According to the California Education Code, each school with twenty-one (21) or more ELs must establish a functioning ELAC. The ELAC is an advisory committee whose purpose is to provide input and advice to the site administration. ELACs are not decision making councils nor do they approve expenditures from any funding source. However, they do provide input and advice on school decisions and the use of funding sources dedicated to ELs.
Parents who serve on the ELAC are elected by parents/guardians of EL and must make up at least the same percentage of the committee membership as their children represent of the student body. The minimum percentage of EL parents on the ELAC is fifty-one (51) percent. However, if the percentage of EL students at a school is greater than 51 percent, the percentage of EL parents on the ELAC must match or exceed the percentage of the school’s total EL population. The table below provides simple illustrations of how to calculate the proportion of EL parents that must be on the ELAC.
The District and school sites are permitted to allocate appropriate financial resources for reasonable expenses that participating ELAC and DELAC parents incur while carrying out their duties (e.g., transportation, child care, translation services, meals, and training). (EC § 52168 (b) (4).)
The ELAC is to meet regularly with the principal or designee to identify training topics needed to assist committee members in carrying out their legal responsibilities. The ELAC must make written recommendations to the School Site Council and/or Principal for each of the following legally required training topics:
NOTE: Orientation and election meetings must be held in addition to regularly scheduled meetings. In the absence of a quorum, meetings are informational only and do not count toward the required number of meetings. No official actions may take place at such meetings.
In addition to the above topics, the ELAC must also receive training and/or opportunities that will adequately prepare the committee members to understand how to make informed recommendations, including:
x Initial identification and placement of ELs
x Parental notifications, including Initial Enrollment, Notification of Initial Assessment
Results, Annual Notifications, and Title III Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives
x Assessments for ELs, including the CELDT, pre-LAS 2000 Español/LAS Español, Basic
Inventory of Natural Language (BINL), Standards Test in Spanish (STS), and CST/CMA x Goals, rationale, structure and outcomes of the instructional programs for ELs in the
x Monitoring the academic and linguistic progress of ELs, including intervention services
for students not making adequate progress
x Criteria and procedures for reclassification of ELs
x Monitoring the academic progress of RFEP students
x Categorical budgets, including appropriate use of funds and supplemental services to
address the identified needs of EL and RFEP students
x Participation in guided classroom observation demonstrating effective methodology that
fosters language acquisition and academic content knowledge for ELs
x Any area of need identified in the annual Needs Assessment conducted as part of the
mandated ELAC requirements.