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English Language Learners

In the 2016–17 school year, there were approximately 1.332 million English learners in California public schools, which is less than the year 2015–16. The CDE provides assistance to local schools and districts to achieve the following goals:

  • Ensure that English learners acquire full proficiency in English as rapidly and effectively as possible and attain parity with native speakers of English.
  •  Ensure that English learners, within a reasonable period of time, achieve the same rigorous grade-level academic standards that are expected of all students.
  •  Meeting these two goals will help close the achievement gap that separates English learners from their native English-speaking peers. In order to accomplish these goals, all English learners are provided with English language development (ELD) instruction targeted to their English proficiency level and appropriate academic instruction.
  •  English Language Mainstream (ELM)—A classroom setting for English learners who have acquired reasonable fluency in English, as defined by the school district. In addition to ELD instruction, English learners continue to receive additional and appropriate educational services in order to recoup any academic deficits that may have been incurred in other areas of the core curriculum as a result of language barriers.
  • Alternative Program (Alt)—A language acquisition process in which English learners receive ELD instruction targeted to their English proficiency level and academic subjects are taught in the primary language, as defined by the school district. Placement in an alternative program is triggered by the parents through a parental exception waiver.


Partnering With Families and Communities

  • Strategies to help everyone win when educators and families partner in the education of children.
  • 5 Steps to ELL Advocacy
  • 5 ways to help ELLs and their families achieve success in school and in their communities.
  • The Invisible Minority 
  • The National Education Association has a long, proud legacy of advocating for great public schools for every student, including English language learners.
  • Speaking in Tongues: A Movie Not to Miss!

ATTEND English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC) Meetings:! Our upcoming ELAC meeting is on Thursday September 27, 2019 at 6:00-6:30 PM.