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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

California English Language Development Standards

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Review of the mathematics and science academic content standards to identify those standards that correspond to the English language development standards.

The State Superintendent of Public Instruction, in consultation with the State Board of Education, will convene a panel of experts in English language instruction, curriculum, and assessment, including individuals who have a minimum of three years of demonstrated experience instructing English learners in the classroom at the Elementary or secondary level [California Ed Code Section 60811.4 (b)].

The panel of experts is responsible for finding correspondence between the 2012 California English Language Development Standards (CA ELD Standards) and the California Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, and correspondence between the 2012 CA ELD Standards and the California Next Generation Science Standards. If necessary, the panel may provide recommendations on augmenting the 2012 CA ELD Standards.

The panel of experts must include individuals who have a minimum of three years of demonstrated experience instructing English learners in the classroom at the elementary or secondary level. The panel of experts will consist of the following:

A majority of the panel of experts must be currently employed public school teachers.

The panel of experts meetings will be open to the public and held at the California Department of Education (CDE) in Sacramento on April 2, 2015, and May 28, 2015. Public comment will follow each panel of experts meeting in order for the public to provide input. An agenda for each meeting is forthcoming.

The online application closed at 3 p.m. on Thursday, February 5, 2015. Panel of expert members were appointed and notified by March 2, 2015.

The following timeline highlights the events of this project:

Date Event
October 2014 WestEd conducts correspondence study
January 2015 CDE opened the online application for panel of experts
February 5, 2015 CDE closed the online application for panel of experts
March 2,  2015 Appointments to the panel of experts made
April 2, 2015 1st panel of experts meeting and public comment
May 28, 2015 2nd panel of experts meeting and public comment
July 8–9, 2015 State Superintendent of Public Instruction makes recommendations to the State Board of Education for augmentation of the CA ELD Standards
August 2015–January 2016 (if necessary)
  • WestEd revises augmentation document, incorporating feedback from the State Board of Education and/or public comment
  • State Board of Education meets to review and approve final augmentation document
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.

Please send technical assistance questions regarding the CA ELD Standards Implementation Plan to: ELDImplementation@cde.ca.gov.

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

Questions:   Language Policy and Leadership Office | eldstandards@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0845
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