District Bilingual Fluency Exam FAQs
1. What is the District’s Bilingual Fluency Exam? And why do I need to take it?
The District Fluency Exam is a 20-25 minute language assessment of speaking, reading, translating and writing abilities No one is obligated to take the exam. The advantages for taking the exam are the following:
• Communicate with the students, parents & community
• Differentiate instruction with students as needed or allowed at school or by classroom teacher
• Serve as interpreters for the school, classroom or meetings.
• Be a support resource for students or parents
• District classroom teachers and administrators who pass the District Fluency examination at the “A” or “B” level, are eligible to take the Language Component of the CSET: LOTE examination at no cost.
• An assessment of their bilingual skills
2. What are the requirements needed to be eligible to take the Fluency Exam?
If you are a Los Angeles Unified District employee the exam is free. However, teachers from charter schools & other agencies are allowed to take the fluency exam for $90.00. But please call Gary Shirasago, HR Management & Support Services, at 213-241-7800 for an updates on the policies & fees.
3. Will I receive a stipend or differential if I pass the exam? And if so, how much?
There is no stipend or differential for passing the exam. Teachers teaching in a Waiver to Basic or Dual Language Program may be eligible for a stipend if they meet the required criteria. If the teacher is eligible for the stipend their school will receive information from the Master Plan Verification Unit.
4. What is a BCLAD?
BCLAD = Bilingual Cross-cultural, Language and Academic Development Certificate. This is a bilingual authorization issued by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Bilingual authorizations allow the holders to provide instruction to English Learners (EL). Each type of instruction is defined below:
• Instruction for English Language Development (ELD)
• Instruction for Primary Language Development
• Specially Designed Academic Instruction Delivered in English (SDAIE)
• Content Instruction Delivered in the Primary Language
Definitions of Types of Instruction
• Instruction for English Language Development (ELD) means instruction designed specifically for EL students to develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English. This type of instruction is also knows as English as a Second Language (ESL), or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).
• Instruction for Primary Language Development means instruction for EL students to develop their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in their primary language.
• Specially Designed Academic Instruction Delivered in English (SDAIE) means instruction in a subject area delivered in English that is specifically designed to provide EL students with access to the curriculum.
• Content Instruction Delivered in the Primary Language means instruction for EL students in a subject area delivered in the students’ primary language.
5. How is the BCLAD tied into the Fluency Exam?
The BCLAD is not tied to the Fluency Exam. The only time this exam is used in place of a BCLAD or any other type of bilingual authorization is when a person is being assigned as a Bilingual Coordinator and does not hold a bilingual document. In this case, passage of the Fluency Exam would be accepted.
6. If I am a Teacher’s Assistant, can I still take the exam?
Yes, Teaching Assistants can take the exam.
7. What is the difference between this exam and the Bilingual Exam offered for Classified staff?
We are not familiar with the classified examination, but please refer to their website for additional information: https://persweb.lausd.net/appv1/bilingual/dist_home.asp
8. How can my principal access the results?
The principal may contact the Translation Unit for bilingual fluency results for teachers or teacher assistants.