Madera South High School students, whose first language was not English, were celebrated for achieving fluency in English and deemed reclassified in a ceremony attended by their families, teachers and staff.
The English Language Development Reclassification Celebration recognized 72 students from all grades for passing tests to demonstrate their proficiency in the English language while also maintaining at least a 2.0 grade point average in academic classes.
To achieve reclassification, students had to score no less than a 2 in any language section of the California English Language Development Test while a score of at least 325 was required in the California Standards Test, a minimum of 350 in the California High School Exit Examination or a level of proficient in the California Alternate Performance Assessment.
“Usually, since these students are fluent in two languages, they achieve higher scores and grades than most students. Not always, but many of them do,” said Scott Ferguson, the ELD coordinator...