What is ELDA?

February 11, 2013


What is ELDA?

The English Language Development Assessment (ELDA) was developed to meet the requirements of Title III of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The ELDA consists of four tests designed to measure academic and social language proficiency in the domains of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. From the listening and reading tests, a comprehension score is calculated. The overall ELDA proficiency level (1-5) for each student is based upon a composite score that is derived from all four tests: speaking, listening, reading, and writing.  The ELDA measures the use of these skills in the academic settings, through mathematics, English language arts, science, social studies, and school environment settings. These items do not require skills or knowledge in the academic subjects but are written in the language of the classroom.  It is administered each spring and helps determine when a student has achieved full proficiency for their grade level. 

Who takes the ELDA?

It is determined from the Home Language Survey that all students/parents are required to fill out when registering for school.  Also, students who take the initial assessment for placement in ELL class and qualify for ELL classes must take the ELDA each spring. This includes those students whose parents have waived direct ESOL services.

Students with limited English proficiency must continue to take the ELDA until they have scored at Level 5, Fully English Proficient. The Level 5 score must be from an ELDA grades 3-5 or higher test.