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English Language Learner




The Lowell Joint School District is committed to the academic achievement of all students. This webpage has been created to assist parents and teachers by providing access to information relevant to English learners and English language acquisition.



On July 9, 2014, the California State Board of Education (SBE) adopted the English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework for California Public Schools (Framework).This is the first time in the nation that a state has adopted dual guidelines in one publication for both English language arts (ELA) and English language development (ELD). By combining both sets of standards into a coherent curriculum framework, California has made clear that its goal is to prepare all students for literacy in the 21st century.

The Framework provides guidance to teachers implementing the California CCSS for ELA & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects as well as the new California ELD Standards including instructional strategies and resources such as vignettes and models that teachers may use to strengthen the learning for every student. It also provides guidance to schools and districts on curriculum, instructional programs, assessment, leadership, professional learning, and issues of equity and access. The Framework was developed by educators and literacy experts, most of whom are teachers in California classrooms.

The final digital version of the ELA/ELD Framework is now available on California Department of Education ELA Curriculum Framework Web page at



The Lowell Joint School District strongly supports the involvement of all parents, including those parents of English Learners, in the educational process of their children.

Parents are encouraged to participate in their child’s school sites’ English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC). Each participating school site holds a minimum of two general sessions per school year. This functioning body advises the school site on programs and services for English language learners.

By participating on your child’s school sites’ ELAC, you have the opportunity to serve as a committee member of our District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC). This district level committee consists of parents, teachers, administrators, and district personnel who are interested in becoming knowledgeable about and more involved with the English Learner program.


California English Language Development Standards, Adopted November 2012

CDE - English Language Development Standards K-12

Overview of the English Language Development Standards & Proficiency Level Descriptors

Appendix B:  ELD Standards II:  Learning About How English Works


Language Learner Resources Aligned to Common Core

Framework for English Language Proficiency Development Standards

Understanding Language - Language Learners and ELA CCSS Instructional Unit


Common Core State Standards

The Common Core Challenge for English Language Learners

Principal Leadership, February 2012



Program Information

District English Learner Advisory Committee

The following information is provided to include the community in our discussion on education in Lowell Joint School District.

Agendas and Minutes:



Proficiency Level Descriptors for CA ELD Standards- Descriptores de los niveles de dominio para los estandares ELD.

Proficiency Level Descriptors for CA ELD Standards- Descriptores de los niveles de dominio para los estandares del Desarrollo del idioma ingles de California.

Excerpted from Common Core State Standards:  Communications Toolkit for California- Los padres o tutores y los Estandares Estatales Basicos Comunes.



Implementation of ELD Standards

Per Assembly Bill 124, the California Department of Education (CDE) was required to update, revise, and align the state's 1999 English Language Development (ELD) standards to California's Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English-Language Arts (ELA) that were adopted by the State Board of Education in August 2010. The State Board of Education adopted the updated California ELD standards on November 7, 2012.

Some key features of the 2012 ELD standards include:

  • a set of ELD standards for each grade level, Kindergarten through grade 8, and for the high school grade spans 9-10 and 11-12;
  • correspondence to CCSS ELA standards noted for each ELD standard;
  • three English language proficiency levels: Emerging, Expanding, and Bridging;
  • standards organized into three language modes: collaborative, interpretative and productive, and three categories under the heading learning about how English works: structuring cohesive texts, expanding and enriching ideas, and connecting and condensing ideas.

Resources for Parents and Students


English Language Development Test - Released Test Questions

Content standards were designed to define the knowledge, concepts, and skills that students should acquire at each grade level.

ELD Specific Standards K-12

Colorin Colorado  (English/Spanish)


Numerous articles, resources, and strategies to support ELL at school and home. (English/Spanish)

  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Note Taking
  • Remembering
  • Studying
  • Taking Tests

USA Learns is a free ESL program developed for adults with limited English language skills


Answers common questions regarding the California English Language Development Test


USA Learns, Free English Classes for Adults (English/Spanish)