ENGLISH LEARNER ADVISORY COUNCIL
English Learner Advisory Council (ELAC)
The purpose of bilingual education programs is to provide eligible students the opportunity to acquire language skills in English necessary for their successful participation in an English -only instructional program. This is accomplished through various structured immersion models and primary language support. The trigger for assessment is determined by the Home Language Survey. The California English Language Development Test (CELDT) results determines eligibility as Limited English-Proficient (LEP) candidates. Students are transitioned into an English-only program when they meet established criteria for re-designation. Once re-designated students are re-classified as fluent-English proficient (RFEP). Schools where the total LEP enrollment is more than twenty students need to develop an English Learners Advisory Committee (ELAC).
The participants in these committees are parents of LEP students and they participate in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the local school’s program for LEP students. They advise the school on Bilingual funding issues since these programs receive state and district funding. Schools are responsible for providing at least eight meetings to inform parents of the academic program for LEP students and budget items that directly impact student learning.
When LAUSD restructured into Local Districts we became responsible for informing parents of policy changes that occur at the Central District level or the State/Federal level and the impact these changes in policies and laws have on the LEP child’s education.
Functions of the ELAC
The role and responsibilities of the school-level English Learners Advisory Committee shall include the following:
• Advise and assist the principal and staff in the implementation and evaluation of the Master Plan.
• Participate in the development of the school plan.
• Participate in the development of the school bilingual budget.
• Assist in the development of the school needs assessment.
• Assist with efforts to make parents aware of the importance of regular school attendance.
• Participate and assist the Zone English Learners Advisory Committee in the dissemination of information and materials related to all aspects of the Master Plan.
• Participate in the administration of the language census.
• Participate in the planning of the school parent-training program in.
• Coordination with District guidelines and Master Plan requirements.
• Participate in training sessions and workshops that will provide the necessary skills and practice for the committee members to carry out their responsibilities.
Click here to visit Reed’s School Calendar for meeting times.