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English Language Development Standards

Web page for those interested in following the alignment of English language development (ELD) standards with current English language arts standards.
California English Language Development Standards Implementation Plan

Following the adoption of the California English Language Development Standards (CA ELD Standards), California Education Code Section 60811.3 (e) required that the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) and the State Board of Education (SBE) present to the Governor, and the appropriate policy and fiscal committees of the Legislature, a schedule and implementation plan for integrating the new CA ELD Standards into the public education system.

The California English Language Development Standards (CA ELD Standards) Implementation Plan identifies major phases and activities in the implementation of the CA ELD Standards throughout California’s educational system. The plan describes the philosophy of and strategies for the successful integration of the CA ELD Standards that align to the California Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects (CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy) to address English language and literacy skills English learners need in key content areas. The goal of the CA ELD Standards Implementation Plan is to serve as a guide of the major steps in the development, adoption, and implementation of the CA ELD Standards for local educational agencies and county offices of education.

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English Language Development Standards for California Public Schools: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve

Assembly Bill 124 (Fuentes, Chapter 605, Statutes of 2011), signed into law on October 8, 2011, requires the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI), in consultation with the State Board of Education (SBE), to update, revise, and align the state’s current ELD standards by grade level to the state’s English Language Arts (ELA) standards, by November 2012. ELD standards help guide curriculum, instruction, and assessment for English learners who are developing the English language skills needed to engage successfully with state subject matter standards for college- and career-readiness. This legislation directs the SSPI to complete draft revised ELD standards for SBE review no later than August 31, 2012.

In order to accomplish this important work in the required time frame, the California Department of Education (CDE) has requested the assistance of the California Comprehensive Assistance Center at WestEd. Specifically, WestEd's California Comprehensive Center, in partnership with the Assessment and Standards Development Services Program at WestEd, is working in concert with CDE to analyze current ELD standards relative to the new California ELA standards; review information on other states' and organization's (e.g., World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment) ELD standards revision and alignment efforts; analyze statewide public and expert input on revision parameters; draft the proposed ELD standards; and revise them as needed based on stakeholder review and feedback.

California ELD Standards - SBE adopted on November 7, 2012

Initial SSPI Recommended Standards

Standards presented during the State Board of Education meeting held on September 13, 2012.

ELD Standards Overview and Proficiency Level Descriptors (PDF)

Public Comment Summary (PDF)

Draft Appendices



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