Sponsored bill targets ELD materials and CCSS

ACSA has joined Californians Together and CABE to sponsor Assembly Bill 1719, Fuentes, D-Los Angeles, which deals with English Language Development standards and how they would work with the new Common Core State Standards.

ACSA Legislative Advocate Sherry Skelly Griffith said this bill builds on work from previous ACSA efforts.

“AB 1719 is the next step after the successful passage of last year’s AB 124 (Fuentes) – which we also co-sponsored with Californians Together and CABE – to begin to align California’s ELD standards with the new ELA Common Core State Standards,” Griffith said. “AB 1719 would create a similar process to our sponsored Senate Bill 140 (Lowenthal) of last year to call for supplemental instructional materials in ELD to support implementation of Common Core aligned to ELD.”

Currently, the State Board of Education is authorized to adopt basic instructional materials for K-8 under criteria it established. The California Department of Education also recommends, for SBE approval, evaluation criteria to guide the development and review of supplemental instructional materials for English language arts and mathematics to provide a bridge between the California Common Core academic content standards and the standards-aligned instructional materials currently being used by local educational agencies.

AB 1719 would require the CDE to recommend for SBE approval evaluation criteria to guide the development and review of supplemental instructional materials for English learners.

The bill would require CDE to develop a list by Jan. 1, 2014, of supplemental instructional materials aligned with CCSS for language arts and English language development. The bill would require content review experts, recommended by CDE and approved by the SBE, to review the supplemental instructional materials.

AB 1719 would authorize school district boards to approve supplemental instructional materials other than those approved by the SBE if the board performs specified reviews and determines that other supplemental instructional materials are aligned with the California Common Core academic content standards and meet the needs of students of the district.

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