English Learners

There are many programs and services to help students who do not speak, read, write or understand English well. There are programs for students, parents, and immigrants. The overall goal of these programs is to improve the English language skills of students.

As of the 2018-19 school year, Novato Unified School District’s student population included 1,388 English Learners. Our teachers and administrators collaborate and provide instruction for students from a variety of backgrounds and at various levels of English Language Proficiency.

Facts about English Learners in California

In November of 2012, California Department of Education (CDE) released the new California English Language Development Standards that align with the Common Core State Standards.

California English Language Development Implementation Plan released September 4, 2013


The English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) is the required state test for English language proficiency (ELP) that must be given to students whose primary language is a language other than English. State and federal law require that local educational agencies administer a state test of ELP to eligible students in kindergarten through grade twelve. The California Department of Education (CDE) transitioned from the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) to the ELPAC as the state ELP assessment in 2018. The ELPAC is aligned with the 2012 California English Language Development Standards. It consists of two separate ELP assessments: one for the initial identification of students as English learners (ELs), and a second for the annual summative assessment to measure a student’s progress in learning English and to identify the student’s level of ELP.