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California Department of Education
Official Letter
California Department of Education
Official Letter
December 3, 2018

Dear County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and High School Principals:

Assembly Bill 2239: Native Speaker World Language Course A–G Certification

On August 24, 2018, Governor Brown signed AB 2239 (Garcia et al.), Chapter 188, Statutes of 2018, into law, thereby adding Section 51225.37 to the California Education Code (EC). This letter provides information and guidance on the implementation of EC Section 51225.37.

Existing law requires the California State University (CSU), and requests the University of California (UC), to establish a model uniform set of academic standards for high school courses to be recognized for admission to the CSU and to the UC. The uniform set of academic standards is commonly referred to as the “a–g” subject requirements.

The California Department of Education (CDE), as required by EC Section 51225.37, encourages the governing board of each school district and charter school whose schools offer world language courses specifically designed for native speakers to support their respective schools in submitting those courses to the UC for certification and addition to the schools’ “a–g” list. Approving world language courses designed for native speakers as “a–g” courses will help students who take these courses, many of whom are current or former English learners, become eligible for CSU and UC admission. This action is an important step to providing current and former English learners with access to “a–g” courses and the CSU and UC systems. Currently, many native speaker world-language courses do not fulfill the CSU and UC admissions requirement simply because these courses have not yet been submitted for “a–g” certification.

New courses may be submitted to the UC A–G Management Portal for certification annually from February 1 to September 15. The CDE encourages local educational agencies to submit their new courses early within this period to ensure the courses are “a–g” approved prior to the start of the school year and the opening of the UC application in August. To submit courses for “a–g” certification and to access the A–G Management Portal, visit the UC A–G Guide at External link opens in new window or tab. .

For more information regarding legislation affecting English learners, please visit the California Department of Education English Learner Legislation web page at

For questions regarding coursework and high school graduation requirements, please contact Peter Callas, Education Administrator, High School Innovations and Initiatives Office, by phone at 916-319-0669 or by email at

If you have questions regarding English learner programs and services, please contact Theresa Hawk, Education Administrator, Technical Assistance and Monitoring Office, by phone at 916-319-0950 or by email at


Tom Torlakson

Last Reviewed: Monday, December 3, 2018

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