Criteria for the Evaluation of English Language Development Supplemental Instructional Materials
Assembly Bill 124 (Fuentes, Chapter 605, Statutes of 2011), signed into law on October 8, 2011, required the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI), in consultation with the State Board of Education (SBE), to update, revise, and align the state’s 1999 English Language Development (ELD) standards, by grade level, to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects (CCSS for ELA/Literacy) by November 2012. That work was completed and the SBE adopted the new ELD Standards on November 7, 2012.
AB 1719 (Fuentes), signed into law on September 27, 2012, requires the California Department of Education (CDE) to develop a list of supplemental instructional materials for kindergarten through grade eight (K-8) that provide a bridge to the new ELD standards for the SBE to approve by June 30, 2014. The ELD Supplemental Instructional Materials Review (ELD SIMR) shall be based upon the evaluation criteria approved by the state board pursuant to Education Code Section 60605.86(a).
It will take a number of years to develop new curriculum frameworks and instructional materials that are fully aligned to both the new ELD standards and the CCSS for ELA/Literacy. In the interim, the SSPI has invited publishers and producers of ELD materials to submit supplemental instructional materials that will bridge specific gaps between the content of existing ELD programs currently used in California’s schools and the increased rigor of four key shifts found in the new ELD standards. The evaluation criteria outline the requirements for such materials. Supplemental materials will be reviewed according to the criteria by teachers and content experts recruited by the SSPI and SBE. The results of the review will be listed on the CDE Web site to help districts in their transition to the new ELD standards. The SSPI recommendation as approved by the SBE will be advisory only. The review is in no way mandatory for publishers and school districts will not be required to purchase these materials.
The intent of this process is to identify supplemental materials that include the minimum amount of content needed to fully address all of the subset of standards identified in the ELD standards maps and that are priced so the cost to districts is kept low. Publishers are encouraged to submit their instructional materials in digital format.
The ELD SIMR is open to all publishers and producers of supplemental instructional materials who wish to participate. To be eligible for recommendation by the SSPI for approval by the SBE, submitted materials must meet all of the criteria outlined below.
Evaluation Criteria for All Supplemental Program Materials
ELD supplemental materials may be submitted to address the language arts programs for K–8 that were adopted by the SBE in 2002 and 2008 and specifically to address four of the key shifts identified in the California English Language Development Standards that were adopted by the SBE in 2012. The ELD SIMR submissions, in conjunction with the adopted program they are designed to supplement, will be evaluated according to whether they address all of the subset of standards associated with each of the four key shifts outlined in the English Language Development Standards Maps for Supplemental Instructional Materials (ELD Standards Maps) for each grade level. The standards maps for this review are located on the CDE’s ELD SIMR Web page.
- The materials submitted for the ELD SIMR must align to the 2012 ELD standards, as adopted by the SBE on November 7, 2012. The new ELD standards are available on the CDE ELD Standards Web page. Submitted supplemental materials, in conjunction with the existing adopted grade-level materials, must address all of the subset of standards associated with each of the four key shifts outlined in the standards maps.
Publishers must only cite content from the same grade level as evidence that a certain grade-level ELD standard is covered in their program. For example, if a publisher has a kindergarten through grade six program, it could not cite its grade six textbook as evidence that a grade five ELD standard is covered. The reason for this is that not every district may have purchased all grade levels of a particular program; a district may have only purchased kindergarten through grade five of that program, and may not have access to the grade six materials. Even if they did have the grade six materials, it would be unreasonable to expect districts to provide students with copies of multiple grade level textbooks to ensure full coverage of the ELD standards. However, the publisher could include that grade six content in their grade five supplement.
- The materials must conform to the Standards for Evaluating Instructional Materials for Social Content, 2000 Edition, as adopted by the SBE.
- The materials must be accurate, use proper grammar and spelling, and be free of all errors before they are sold to school districts.
- Assessments must provide sufficient evidence and guidance for teachers to use in evaluating student progress toward proficiency in the content outlined in the ELD standards.
- The supplemental instructional materials must present comprehensive guidance for teachers in providing effective, efficient instruction for all students. Instructional materials should provide access to the standards-based curriculum for all students, including English-learners, advanced-learners, students below grade level in reading and writing skills, and students with disabilities.
- Clear instructions must be provided for teachers on how to use and integrate the supplemental instructional materials with their existing adopted grade level materials. The supplemental instructional materials must present guidance on how to strategically implement all of the elements asked for in each standard under the key shift areas as outlined on the ELD SIMR standards maps.