(a) The superintendent shall report annually to the Legislature on bilingual education programs as part of the multiple-funded program evaluation required pursuant to Section 33403. The superintendent shall coordinate the design of school district and state evaluations to minimize the data collection and reporting requirements at the school and district levels. Pupil performance data for bilingual programs may be collected and analyzed on a sample basis with appropriate controls for pupil and instructional program characteristics.
The multiple-funded program evaluation shall include all of the following:
(1) A summary of district reports submitted pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 52170 on the number of identified pupils of limited-English proficiency, funds from all sources available for programs to meet the needs of those identified pupils, and the numbers of identified pupils who are not being provided with services pursuant to subdivision (a), (b), (c), (d), (e), or (f) of Section 52163.
(2) Information on bilingual programs conducted pursuant to Section 52165, on all of the following:
(A) The number of limited-English proficiency and fluent-English-speaking pupils served in the program.
(B) The number of teachers holding bilingual credentials or certificates of competency, bilingual aides, teachers who have waivers, and language development specialists.
(C) Expenditures made from bilingual education funds by category of expenditure.
(D) The number of pupils reclassified and district level procedures for reclassification pursuant to Section 52164.6.
(E) A summary report of programs conducted pursuant to subparagraph (B) of paragraph (1) of subdivision (c) of Section 52163.
(3) An assessment of the educational needs of pupils of limited-English proficiency and the extent to which such needs are being met from federal, state and local efforts, pursuant to subdivision (e) of Section 52177.
(4) For pupils learning a substantive amount of the curriculum through their primary language, basic skills assessment shall be conducted in the primary language only; assessment of language proficiency shall be conducted in English.
For pupils learning through both English and the primary language, basic skills assessment shall be in English; assessment of language proficiency shall be conducted in English. Pupils participating in the individual learning plan shall be assessed as appropriate pursuant to regulations, instruction, and guidelines to be issued by the superintendent. Assessment of pupils in the primary language shall be required only to the extent that appropriate instruments are available.
(5) It is the intent of the Legislature that the evaluation of programs conducted pursuant to this article shall be designed to provide the Legislature, the board, the superintendent, and program administrators at district and school levels with information necessary to assist in all of the following:
(A) Refining and improving policies, regulations, guidelines, and procedures on a continuing basis.
(B) Assessing the overall merits of local programs.
(Amended by Stats. 1994, Ch. 922, Sec. 126.)