English Language Arts/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.
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.