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Release: #15-63
August 6, 2015
Contact: Communications
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Unveils Updated Digital Tool to Guide English Instruction

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced an updated publication is now online to guide educators on teaching students California's new standards on reading, writing, and comprehension.

The English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework for California Public Schools (ELA/ELD Framework) was adopted by the State Board of Education in 2014. It was the first publication in the nation to include dual guidelines for English language arts and content literacy as well as English language development for English learners. The ELA/ELD Framework guides educators on how to teach the standards, defined as what students should know and do in each grade. It also follows California's new rigorous state academic standards, which promote literacy through critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and communication.

"California is leading the nation by developing an integrated ELA/ELD Framework and making it widely available. This will help improve literacy instruction, a critical element of preparing California students for college and careers in the 21st century," Torlakson said.

The new ELA/ELD Framework is enhanced with color and graphics, highlighted text, layout improvements, and links to other relevant pages. The publication includes strategies and sample lessons to strengthen learning, and model integrated and designated English Language Development instruction, while also addressing the diverse needs of every student. It also provides guidance on working with teachers in other subject areas, information on professional development for teachers, technology for instruction and learning, criteria for evaluating instructional materials, and assessment strategies to improve instruction and learning.

Additional professional learning support for teachers may be found on the Digital Chalkboard [] External link opens in new window or tab. website, including videos, presentations, handouts, and other resources. 

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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