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English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC)

Parents are invited to meet with the vice principal, Ms. Patel,  to hear how we support students that are learning to become fluent in English, what is happening at Rio Tierra, to get updates on existing programs, and to talk about the school's progress. In addition, this is an opportunity to talk openly and directly about parent concerns at the school.  Please join us!

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Meeting Dates and Information

October 6th 2021
February 2nd 2022
March 2, 2022
April 7, 2022
May 4, 2022-RESCHEDULED to May 26th, 2022
*Meetings start at 9:00 a.m. in the school library.  See the flyer below for more information.

Meeting topics

  • Needs Assessment
  • Mindset Academy
  • School Updates
  • Open Forum

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The English Learners Advisory Committee (ELAC) makes recommendations regarding programs for students with second language needs.  The purpose of ELAC is to provide parents of English Learners opportunities to:
  • Learn more about the programs offered to their students
  • Participate in the school's needs assessment of students, parents, and teachers
  • Provide input in the most effective ways to support full participation of the English Learners in all school activities
  • Provide input on the most effective ways to ensure regular school attendance

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20021-2022 ELAC Information

ELAC Dates Flier and Info

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ELD State Standards

Just as core subjects such as English and Math have standards schools must teach every year, ELD also has standards that must be taught.  Below are links to 7th & 8th grade ELD standards.
Click on the icon below to view the standards for both grades.  
  • 7th Grade standards start on slide 107-117
  • 8th Grade standards start on slide 119-129
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Department of Education

The California Department of Education provides regulations and guidelines that schools must follow regarding their advisory committees.  To learn more about: 
  • School Requirements
  • ELAC Responsibilites
  • ELAC Membership to ensure equity and representation
  • ELAC Elections
  • ELAC Training provided by each school
Click HERE to be taken to the California Department of Education website


ELAC committee participants help guide programs for students with second language needs.  Programs are driven by student goals including state & district standards. Here is some information regarding Language Reclassification which is a goal for all of our English Learners.  
To learn more about reclassification requirements for students click HERE.
You can also view a presentation "Reclassification Rainbow" available on this ELAC webpage.

State Seal of Biliteracy

The State Seal of Biliteracy (SSB), marked by a gold seal on the diploma or transcript, recognizes high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing one or more languages in addition to English.  This is a great achievement for our 7th & 8th graders to start aiming for.
Click HERE for more information 
                            State Seal of Biliteracy information  Requirements for seal of biliteracy