Our state has the largest number of English learners in the country. More than 20 percent of California’s K-12 students are designated as English learners, with over 60 language groups represented. The state recognizes that English learners have a double curricular load: they must become proficient in academic English and they must learn the same rigorous academic content required of all students in California. Because they are learning English as an additional language, they require specialized instructional support to ensure that they simultaneously develop academic English and have full access to a rich curriculum across the disciplines.
The Figures in the ELA/ELD Framework referenced below directly address the topic of specialized instructional support for English learners. These resources may be useful for various stakeholders, including teachers, administrators, coaches, school board members, parents, and community members.