Californians are being invited to comment on their state’s first framework based on the Common Core State Standards for English language arts.
The English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework for California Public Schools: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (ELA/ELD Framework) will provide guidance for implementing the new Common Core State Standards and California's new English Language Development Standards. According to the California Department of Education (CDE),” the ELA/ELD Framework will help ensure that California’s students graduate with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in college and careers. The ELA/ELD Framework will help teachers, publishers, and other educators design instructional materials, curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional learning.”
The California State Board of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards for English language arts in 2010, and new English Language Development Standards in 2012. This new ELA/ELD Framework is aligned to those standards. The Board last approved a framework in this area in 2006.
The CDE claims that “the ELA/ELD Framework breaks new ground by providing a blueprint for relating English language development for English learners to the English language arts standards for a cohesive program. The draft framework focuses on the teaching and learning of English literacy and language in the English classroom and includes strategies for extending that focus into all subject areas. It also provides direction to educators to implement the standards in the context of California’s diversity and helps them teach the critical thinking skills students will need for 21st century jobs. The ELA/ELD Framework has two primary audiences: educators and developers/publishers of curriculum programs and materials.”
The public has until February 13, 2014, to review the Framework, available on the CDE’s Public Review and Comment on the ELA/ELD Framework Web page , where comments can be left via the digital survey or by email. Hard copies of the draft framework may also be reviewed at the 23 Learning Resource Display Centers statewide.