Skip to main content
California Department of Education Logo

English Language Arts

Resources for professional development to improve classroom instruction and to achieve educational excellence for transitional kindergarten through grade twelve students.

The Importance of English Language Arts

The ability to read, write, speak, listen, and use language to communicate with competence and confidence in English across a range of personal and academic contexts enables and provides students

(a) opportunities for career and college success and informed participation in a democratic society and global economy, and

(b) access to a wide range of literature that widens their perspectives, illuminates the human experience, and deepens understandings of themselves and others.

The California Department of Education (CDE) provides leadership, technical assistance, and support for state and local educational agencies, professional organizations, and collaborating partners to implement high-quality ELA education programs, pre-kindergarten to grade twelve. This suppport is divided into three sections:

English Language Arts Guidance

English Language Arts Guidance provides resources for implementing and improving English Language Arts instruction, including content standards, frameworks, curriculum guides, and digital materials.

Assessment and Accountability

Assessment and Accountability provides information regarding English Language Arts/Literacy in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, which includes summative, interim, and formative assessment, and California’s new accountability systems.

Organizations and Partnerships

Organizations and Partnerships lists notable national and state organizations that provide support and resources to educators and families with a passion for improving English Language Arts/literacy learning for all students.

CDE Contacts

Assessment: Assessment Office;; 916-445-8765

Curriculum Support ELA: Roxane Fidler, Education Program Consultant;; 916-323-4861

Curriculum Support Literacy: Phyllis Hallam, Education Program Consultant;; 916-323-4630

English Language Development: ELD Standards Office;; 916-319-0845

Frameworks: Kristen Cruz Allen, Education Administrator; 916-323-4867

Instructional Materials: Cliff Rudnick, Education Administrator;; 916-319-0736

Multi-Tiered System of Supports: Phyllis Hallam, Education Program Consultant;; 916-323-4630

Secondary Literacy Partnership: Letty Kraus, Education Program Consultant;; 916-323-5252

Specialized Media: Jonn Paris-Salb, Education Program Consultant;; 916-323-2202

Questions: Literacy, History, & Arts Leadership | | 916-323-6269 
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Share this Page

Recently Posted in Curriculum Areas