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World Languages Standards

Information and resources related to World Languages (WL) Standards for California Public Schools: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve.
World Languages Standards Approved in 2019
SBE-Adopted WL Standards

The Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) approved and recommended the draft standards to the State Board of Education (SBE) on November 16, 2018. The SBE approved the IQC recommendation and adopted the standards at the January 9–10, 2019 SBE meeting. The revised standards are titled California World Languages Standards for Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (WL Standards). To download the publication version of the standards, select the link below.

Online Resources to Support Remote World Languages Instruction
California Standards Mobile Application

This application contains the 12 California content standards. The application is designed so educators can quickly find, search, and sort relevant standards across disciplines to aid in instructional planning and assessment. You can find more information about the mobile application on the CA Standards Mobile Application web page, which we encourage you to download. Access the Search the California Content Standards web page for a view of our available mobile application.

WL Standards Poster

To support the implementation of the WL Standards, the California Department of Education (CDE) has developed a poster that highlights

  • what is essential for educators to know about the new standards,
  • why the Communities and Comparisons goal areas have been placed into the primary domain of Communication, and
  • how the WL Standards illustrate necessary shifts in instructional approaches intended to bring about optimal performance among students in world languages classrooms.

To download the World Languages Standards poster, visit the California Language Teacher's Association Resources web page External link opens in new window or tab.. Look for the link titled 2019 World Languages Poster.

World Languages Standards Development

The California Department of Education (CDE), Instructional Quality Commission (IQC), and State Board of Education (SBE) commenced the process for revising the California World Languages (WL) Standards in October 2016. Per Assembly Bill 2290, Chapter 643, Education Code (EC) Section 60605.5 requires the Superintendent, in consultation with the IQC, to recommend to the state board revisions to the World Language Standards for California Public Schools adopted by the state board in 2009 pursuant to Section 60605.3.

WL Standards Advisory Committee
WL SAC Meeting Agendas and Notices
Focus Group Report
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