November 7, 2012
State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Adoption
New Standards for English Language Development
SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today that the State Board of Education formally adopted new English Language Development Standards* aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and designed to help English learners build critical knowledge and skills.
"These new standards will help California's English learners make academic progress as they also develop their skills in English," Torlakson said. "The teachers, researchers and scholars who helped develop these new standards have done incredible work that will help every child receive a world-class education and graduate ready to contribute to the future of our state."
"The State Board's adoption of the English Language Development Standards aligned to the Common Core represents a historic moment for California's English learners," said Michael Kirst, president of the State Board of Education. "California is leading the nation in developing an instructional blueprint that melds content learning and English language learning."
The new ELD Standards are aligned with California's Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects.
The standards describe the key knowledge, skills and abilities in core areas of English language development that students learning English as a new language need to achieve in grade-level content. The standards are designed to provide rigorous content in English language development.
The new standards were developed over the last year by the California Department of Education, which reviewed the latest research, theory and best practices in the field. The Department also held focus groups, convened a panel of experts and held public hearings and stakeholder meetings to receive input on the standards.
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*The newly adopted English Language Development Standards are listed in Item 4 of the State Board of Education Agenda for November 7-8, 2012.
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Tom Torlakson —
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5206, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100