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Release: #15-82
November 5, 2015
Contact: Communications
E-mail: communications@cde.ca.gov
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Next Step in Implementing Groundbreaking Approach to Teaching English Learners

SACRAMENTO— State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today that California has taken the next step in implementing its groundbreaking approach to teaching English learners.

On Wednesday, the State Board of Education voted to approve instructional materials for kindergarten through grade eight that are aligned to the California Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in Science, History-Social Studies and Technical Subjects, that were based on the Common Core, and the California English Language Development Standards.

California is the first state to integrate English language arts/literacy (ELA) and English Language Development (ELD), which helps English learners by making their language development a core part of the curriculum and not a separate, isolated part of the school day.

"This is a big step because these instructional materials can help teachers develop the language skills of English learners throughout the school day," said Torlakson. "I'm proud California is a leader in this area.  We will continue to welcome all students to our classrooms and work with them to inspire learning. The one-quarter of our students who are English learners are an asset to our state and will continue to foster growth for all of us."

Of the 27 instructional materials programs submitted for consideration from 10 publishers, the State Board of Education approved 25. Reviewing the materials were nearly 200 educators and the Instructional Quality Commission. Among the 25 adopted programs, 17 were basic grade-level programs, and eight were intervention programs.

Local school districts may now begin their own process of reviewing the materials to determine which of the adopted programs best meet the needs of their students. With such a wide variety of choices, including a number of technology-based programs, districts have greater flexibility when designing and implementing a curriculum that will help their students achieve academically.

The adopted programs are on display for public review at Learning Resources Display Centers across the state. For more information about the 2015 ELA/ELD Adoption process, visit the California Department of Education English Language Arts Instructional Materials Web page.

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Attachment

2015 ELA/ELD Instructional Materials Adoption

 

Program 1 Basic ELA

 

Publisher Program Title Grade Level(s)

Amplify Education, Inc.

Amplify ELA: California Edition

6–8

EMC Publishing, LLC

Mirrors & Windows: Connecting with Literature

6–8

McGraw-Hill School Education

Reading Wonders

K–6

McGraw-Hill School Education

StudySync

6–8

Pearson Education, Inc., p.a. Scott Foresman and Prentice Hall

CA Pearson System of Courses

K–8

The College Board – SpringBoard

SpringBoard, English Language Arts

7–8

Program 2 Basic ELA/ELD

Publisher Program Title Grade Level(s)

Amplify Education, Inc.

Amplify ELA: California Edition and Amplify ELD: California Edition

6–8

Benchmark Education Company

Benchmark Advance

K–6

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt California Journeys ©2017

K–5

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt California Journeys-Collections ©2017

K–6

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt California Collections ©2017

6–8

McGraw-Hill School Education

Reading Wonders

K–6

McGraw-Hill School Education

StudySync

6–8

National Geographic Learning/Cengage Learning

Reach for Reading

K–6

The College Board – SpringBoard

SpringBoard, English Language Arts & English Language Development

7–8

Program 3 Basic Biliteracy

Publisher Program Title Grade Level(s)

Benchmark Education Company

Benchmark Adelante

K–6

McGraw-Hill School Education

Lectura Maravillas

K–6

Program 4 Intensive Intervention

Publisher Program Title Grade Level(s)

McGraw-Hill School Education

FLEX Literacy

4–8

National Geographic Learning/Cengage Learning

Inside

4–8

Pearson Education, Inc., p.a. Scott Foresman and Prentice Hall

CA Pearson iLit

4–8

Scholastic Inc.

California Read 180 Universal System

4–8

Voyager Sopris Learning, Inc.

LANGUAGE! Live California

4–8

Program 5 Specialized ELD

Publisher Program Title Grade Level(s)

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt California Escalate English ©2017

4–8

Pearson Education, Inc., p.a. Scott Foresman and Prentice Hall.

CA Pearson iLit ELL

4–8

Scholastic Inc.

California English 3D Course A and Course I System

4–8

These Programs Are Not Adopted

Program 1 Basic ELA

Publisher Program Title Grade Level(s)

Amplify Education, Inc.

Core Knowledge Language Arts California Edition (CKLA CA)

K–5

The College Board – SpringBoard

SpringBoard, English Language Arts

6

Program 2 Basic ELA/ELD

Publisher Program Title Grade Level(s)

Amplify Education, Inc.

Core Knowledge Language Arts with Language Studio: California Edition (CKLA/LS CA)

K–5

The College Board – SpringBoard

SpringBoard, English Language Arts & English Language Development

6

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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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