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English Language Development

The Common Core State Standards spell out the sophisticated language competencies that students will need to perform in academic and technical subject areas. English Language Learners (ELLs) face a double challenge – they must learn grade-level content while simultaneously building their language proficiency.
California is taking a groundbreaking, innovative approach to implementing English language arts/literacy and English language development standards. The English Language Arts/English Language Development (ELA/ELD) Framework—the first of its kind in the nation—is California’s new state policy document that provides the vision for integrating two sets of world-class standards in transitional kindergarten through grade twelve (TK-12) classrooms—the California Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and the Technical Subjects (CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy) and the California English Language Development (CA ELD) Standards. But this document is much more than a statement of policy. The ELA/ELD Framework is a resource that provides practical and detailed guidance to TK-12 teachers and leaders, guidance that aims to ensure that each child and adolescent in the state has the opportunity to achieve his or her full potential.
California’s vision of ELA/ELD Instruction:


The ELA/ELD Framework is a groundbreaking document that guides the implementation of two sets of interrelated standards: California’s Common Core Standards for English Language Arts/Literacy and California’s English Language Development (ELD) Standards. The Framework is designed to address the needs of all students, but calls special attention to effective instructional practices and system-wide programs and structures for English learners.
New for Download! Executive summary of the ELA/ ELD Framework for California Public Schools. Click here to download.

Additional Online Resources:

California ELD Standards - CDE

CCSS Professional Learning Modules:
The Role of Language and Literacy in College and Career-Ready Standards: Rethinking Policy and Practice in Support of English Language Learners
PowerPoint: Transitioning to the CCSS:  Key Shifts in English Language Arts and English Language Development


Supports literacy and academic language skills of English Langauge Learners across all grade levels and content areas.
Edweek Links

Teacher Tips

Provides practical suggestions for designing standards-alligned instruction to support ELLs.
Teacher Tips For ELLs


Raquel Rose, Assistant Superintendent, 415-499-5891 -
Laura Trahan, Director, 415-499-5870 -