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The Definition of ELAC



  • Must meet a minimum of 3 times per year.
  • Must have a membership of EL parents in at least the same percentage as EL students at the school (other members may be non-EL parents, school staff, etc.).
  • Must elect one member to be the representative to DELAC.


Required topics by law:

  1. School Site Plan - English Learners (parents must have the opportunity to give input in the development of the plan).
  2. Conducting the school needs assessment (e.g. for Plan development, or survey given to parents at the end of the year).
  3. Collecting information for the R-30 (discuss what the R-30 is, how we collect the data; report of final R-30 numbers
  4. Ways to make parents aware of the importance of regular school attendance.


Suggested other topics - choose as pertinent to your committee's interest:

  • Site programs for ELs (could go over textbooks, such as Houghton Mifflin/Elementary Schools and High Point/Middle Schools)
  • Explain the Master Plan (overall purpose; perhaps explain a different section at each meeting)
  • Standards (especially ELD standards, which I have in Spanish)
  • Report cards
  • Supplemental ELD report card (Pupil Progress Profile)
  • Promotion/retention criteria
  • RESULTS (even a demo of the tests)
  • The writing process / rubrics
  • Curriculum maps
  • No Child Left Behind / AYP
  • CSTs - normative vs criteria reference tests:  explain the difference and why CA emphasizes CST's
  • SI - School Intervention programs
  • Reclassification
  • Parenting tips - e.g. "how to read with your child"
  • The importance of homework (student responsibility, how it contributes to grades, setting a regular time/place for homework, etc.)
  • Budget concerns - how they might affect the schools
  • Any other topic the parents wish to learn about (take a survey)


Remember, ELAC stands for English Learners Advisory Committee - the more informed they are, the better involved they will be.