Policy brief

Implementing California's Language Arts Curriculum Framework

Allan R. Odden
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Nancy Kotowski
Monterey County Office of Education


A cornerstone of California's education reform strategy is the creation of a series of high quality curriculum frameworks designed to upgrade K–12 education in the state. The frameworks raise expectations of students' knowledge and understanding of language arts, mathematics, science, and history/social science. They focus on learning for understanding, as well as thinking, problem solving, and using knowledge in practical, real-life situations. More specifically, the goals of the frameworks are to introduce a curriculum which can be used for all students and produce students who

  • know how to learn;
  • can use knowledge to analyze issues and solve problems; and
  • can apply that knowledge to actual problems of the economy and society.
Suggested citationOdden, A. R., & Kotowski, N. (1992, November). Implementing California's language arts curriculum framework [Policy brief]. Policy Analysis for California Education. https://edpolicyinca.org/publications/implementing-californias-language-arts-curriculum-framework