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ELA/ELD Focus Groups Discussion Questions

2014 Revision of the English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework for California Public Schools.

Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve

Considering what you know about the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Education (CCSS for ELA), identify one or two key components of effective language arts instruction that you would include in the English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework for California Public Schools: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (ELA/ELD Framework).

  1. A major purpose of the ELA/ELD Framework is to provide direction for incorporating the CCSS for ELA into instructional practices and materials. There are a number of shifts in instruction that need to be addressed, including an increased focus on informational text, reading and writing grounded in evidence from the text, the use of complex text and its academic vocabulary, and the shared responsibility for students’ literacy development. What guidance should the ELA/ELD Framework provide to address these new areas of emphasis?

  2. The ELA/ELD Framework will include the new English language development (ELD) standards scheduled for adoption later in 2012. What guidance would you include on understanding the relationship between ELD standards and the CCSS for ELA?

  3. In addition to the guidance discussed in question 3 on addressing the needs of English learners, how can the ELA/ELD Framework support access to standards-based curriculum for all students, including students with disabilities, gifted students, and other student groups?

  4. The CCSS for ELA are forward looking in their approach to the skillful use of multimedia and technology to deepen encounters with texts beyond the printed page. How should the increased use of technology and multimedia be addressed in the ELA/ELD Framework (for students and for teachers)?

  5. What information would you include in the ELA/ELD Framework to promote and integrate instruction that develops students’ communication and collaboration skills, critical thinking, and creativity and that also enables students to be college- and career-ready when they graduate from high school?

  6. What information would you include in the ELA/ELD Framework to provide support for effective student assessment within the classroom?

  7. Finally, what other guidance, that does not fit in any of the questions above, would you suggest to improve the ELA/ELD Framework to support transitional kindergarten through grade twelve standards-based instruction and curriculum aligned to the CCSS for ELA?

May 9, 2012

Questions:   Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division | CFIRD@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0881
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