Reclassification is the process for determining when an English learner (EL) is sufficiently proficient in English to no longer be considered an EL and thus exited from the EL program and supports. The reclassification process and criteria are complex, vary across states, and vary even across districts within the same state. Being reclassified and exiting the EL program is often perceived as the goal for ELs and is often seen as an indicator of EL program success. The authors caution against celebrating reclassification and urge a more considered approach. They provide an informative summary of the research on reclassification and its effects. They also provide recommendations for state policymakers and district leaders. Additionally, they discuss what teachers should do in situations when an EL's English language proficiency results are near but don't meet the state's criteria for reclassification.
State and Local Policy