District English Language Advisory Committee
What is DELAC?
A district is required to form a DELAC if it has 51 or more English learner (EL) students. The committee is comprised of school staff, parents of EL students, other parents and community members who are interested in EL programs. At least 51 percent of the committee must be made up of parents of EL students who are not employed by the district. DELAC members are elected by ELAC members at school sites.
Purpose of DELAC
The purpose of the DELAC is to advise, not govern, EL services and programs offered by the district. The DELAC is also a way to have communication between the District Office, schools, parents and families to support our English Learner students AND for ELs to be as successful as possible.
As an advisory group, DELAC member duties include:
- Revision of the District’s Master Plan for educational programs and services to English Learners.
- Conducting a district-wide needs assessment on a school-by-school basis.
- Establishing district program goals and objectives for English Learner Services.
- Reviewing and commenting on the district's reclassification procedures for English Learners.
- Reviewing and commenting on the written notifications to be sent to parents and guardians.
- Performing self-evaluation to determine if the DELAC is meeting its goals and appropriately representing the district's ELs.
The overall goal of the DELAC is to improve our ELs' acquisition of fluency in English and to help our students achieve academic success.
All DELAC meetings, including subcommittees, are required by law to be open to the public. Meeting agendas must be posted in a public place a minimum of 72 hours in advance.
An ideal DELAC meeting agenda should include student achievement data, reclassification data, and discussion aimed to increase parental involvement. Items not listed on the agenda cannot be voted upon.