The achievement gap begins before kindergarten for some DLLs and persists throughout the elementary and middle school years. In the absence of aligned approaches to support English language development and prevent home-language loss, too many(ELs) in our state face an uncertain future.
Capitalizing on California’s Diversity Today, for a Brighter Tomorrow
A child’s early years of life are marked by an incredible capacity for growth and learning. For the majority of California’s young children, this potential is magnified by their linguistic and cultural diversity. California’s Gold opens a dialogue on how best to support dual language learners in the early years.
Key Areas for Action
Workforce DevelopmentA strong workforce of teachers and administrators responsive to the unique learning needs of DLLs.
Curriculum & InstructionCurricular and instructional models and resources attuned to the diverse learning needs of DLLs.
AssessmentAssessment approaches that more accurately depict and measure how DLLs are learning.
An Aligned PreK-3 SystemAn integrated early childhood and TK-12 system that recognizes the importance of continuity and coherence with the early childhood period and that meets the needs of DLLs.
A Matter of Shared Responsibility
Recent results of California’s Smarter Balanced Assessment show that 65 percent of ELs failed to meet basic standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics.
Nationwide, 70 percent of 4th graders identified as ELs are reading below the basic level as measured by the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
About this Framework
This Framework opens a dialogue about how to integrate preschool with the early primary grades and improve/EL education throughout these grades.
Why this Matters
Dual language learners are a large and growing part of the young child population in California. An aligned system of early education and TK-12 can create the necessary conditions to simultaneously nurture a child’s home language and.
About the Author
Marlene Zepeda is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Child and Family Studies at California State University, Los Angeles.