SBE Acts on CCSS Implementation Items
Adoption of the English Language Development Standards aligned to the CCSS
At its meeting yesterday, the State Board of Education (SBE) formally adopted new English Language Development (ELD) Standards aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and designed to help English learners build critical knowledge and skills.
The standards are aligned with California’s CCSS for English language arts (ELA) and literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects. They describe the key knowledge, skills, and abilities in core areas of ELD that students learning English as a new language need to achieve in grade-level content. The standards are designed to provide rigorous content in ELD.
To access the standards and learn more regarding their development, please visit the CDE ELD Standards Web page. You can read more about the adoption of the ELD standards on the CDE News Release Web page.
Approval of Supplemental Instructional Materials
The SBE has approved 19 supplemental instructional programs that bridge the gap between the materials school districts currently are using, based upon the 1997 standards, and the CCSS with California additions. These materials cover kindergarten through grade eight in English-language arts and kindergarten through grade seven in mathematics. Because the 1997 California standards and the CCSS for mathematics do not match at grade eight, supplements for grade eight adopted mathematics programs were not part of the review. These instructional materials include textbooks, software programs, Web-based information, and many other components that provide students with academic content to support their educational growth.
Of the 42 publisher submissions, the reviewers recommended for approval by the SBE 12 supplemental programs for English language arts and seven for mathematics. While these supplemental programs were not formally adopted by the SBE, the SBE recommends them as they will help districts continue to move toward full implementation of the CCSS. The next full instructional materials adoption was recently authorized by Assembly Bill 1246 (Brownley), Statutes of 2012; this adoption will be for mathematics, kindergarten through grade eight, and the SBE is scheduled to take action in March 2014. Currently, no new full adoption for English-language arts is scheduled.
A link to the list of the SBE-approved materials and additional information regarding the Supplemental Instructional Materials Review (SIMR) may be found on the CDE SIMR Web page. To view the SSPI’s announcement of the approval, please visit the CDE News Release Web page.
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