ca_world_language_standards

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1/15/2009 4:55 PM California Department of Education Executive Office SBE-003 (REV. 06/2008) cib-pdd-jan09item06 ITEM #7 CALIFORNIA STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION JANUARY 2009 AGENDA SUBJECT Draft World Language Content Standards for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve . Action Information Public Hearing RECOMMENDATION The California Department of Education (CDE) recommends that the State Board of Education (SBE) direct staff to conduct a public hearing and adopt the draft World Language Content Standards for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve ( World Language Content Standards) . SUMMARY OF PREVIOUS STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION DISCUSSION AND ACTION The SBE adopted the current Foreign Language Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten through Grade Twelve ( Foreign Language Framework ) at the May 2001 meeting. No previous SBE action on the World Language Content Standards has been taken. SUMMARY OF KEY ISSUES California Education Code Section 60605.3 requires the SBE to adopt content standards for foreign language, pursuant to the recommendations of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI), on or before June 1, 2009. The content standards are intended to guide schools that offer programs of instruction in languages other than English. A working group representing diverse languages and language programs provided input to the SSPI in drafting the standards. Field reviews of the draft World Language Content Standards were conducted in July, August, and September 2008. The working group reviewed and evaluated all responses and made suggested edits. Additionally, CDE staff met with Yvonne Chan, the SBE member liaison to review the draft World Language Content Standards . All comments and suggestions were taken into consideration in development of the final draft of the World Language Content Standards. Once the draft World Language Content Standards has been adopted, they will be incorporated into the next Foreign Language Framework . It is anticipated that the revised Foreign Language Framework will be completed during fiscal year 2009-10. The CDE will also disseminate the adopted World Language Content Standards to local educational agencies and other interested parties through multiple means.
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cib-pdd-jan09item06 Page 2 of 2 1/15/2009 4:55 PM SUMMARY OF KEY ISSUES (Cont.) Organization of the Draft World Language Content Standards The current edition of the Foreign Language Framework was previously adopted by the SBE in May 2001; the Language Learning Continuum serves as the anchor of the document. The Language Learning Continuum, disseminated by the College Board, provides clear benchmarks for measuring students’ ability to perform in the target language in culturally appropriate ways. It presents a model of progressive stages in the process of acquiring a second language. In turn, the draft World Language Content Standards clearly defines what students should know and be able to do at each stage of the Language
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