Navigate Up

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.
The California State Board of Education formally adopted new English Language Development Standards aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and designed to help English learners build critical knowledge and skills. California is leading the nation in developing an instructional blueprint that blends content learning and English language development.
Additional Online Resources:

California ELD Standards - CDE

CCSS Professional Learning Modules:

The California English Language Development Standards
A Deeper Dive into the California English Language Development Standards
STARlight Consortium for EL Achievement
Framework for English Language Proficiency Development Standards corresponding to the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards
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 -