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Beginning 2016-17, new textbooks were implemented in the middle school (grades 6 - 8) core English Language Arts (ELA) courses and English Language Development (ELD) 3 and 4. In 2017-18, new textbooks are being implemented in the high school (grades 9 - 11) core English Language Arts courses (ELA). All these textbook programs are aligned to the California ELA/ELD Framework, the California ELA Content Standards, and the California English Language Development Standards. The following four textbook programs were selected by the LAUSD Teacher Selection Committee for core ELA course and high school literature electives (grade 12):


  • StudySync - McGraw-Hill
  • Collections - HMH
  • SpringBoard - CollegeBoard 
  • myPerspectives - Pearson (high school only)

Each textbook program includes a digital platform. Print textbooks and digital licenses were issued to all middle school students and all teachers who teach the following middle school courses: ENG 6, 7, and 8; ELD 3 and 4; high school courses, ENG 9, ENG 10, American Literature and Composition, and Contemporary Composition. Please see below for the teacher and student digital access instructions, including the Help Desk information for each publisher. For information regarding the composition and AP courses, please click on the following links, High School Composition Courses or AP English Courses.


Secondary ELA educators are invited to join their selected textbook program's Schoology group. To learn more about this curriculum resource and networking opportunity, please visit the  Schoology Secondary Textbook Groups.



Teacher and Student Digital Access for StudySync

Teacher and Student Digital Access for Collections

Teacher and Student Digital Access for SpringBoard

Teacher and Student Digital Access for myPerspectives




Digital access instructions listed above with core ELA program


Digital access instructions listed above with core ELA program


Teacher and Student Digital Access Instructions for Holt McDougal British Literature


Building Educator Assessment Literacy (BEAL) Resource 


WestEd and the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE) developed the Understanding Proficiency (  website to expand teacher learning about Smarter Balanced performance tasks  (summative and interim assessments). This website makes available to all schools the designed learning experiences that WestEd and SCALE originally developed for their Building Educator Assessment Literacy (BEAL) workshops. Central to these online resources are samples of real student work on the Smarter Balanced Practice Test ELA/Literacy performance tasks.


The Division of Instruction, Secondary Literacy/ELA team in partnership with the Local District Secondary Literacy/ELA Coordinators developed facilitator training screencasts (one overview and five learning modules) to provide context and elaboration on what professional development facilitators will find on the Understanding Proficiency website. The screencasts explain the general functions and features of the Understanding Proficiency learning modules, and how to best provide and prepare for their facilitation.


Understanding Proficiency: Facilitator Screencasts


The screencasts are designed to prepare facilitators for using the Understanding Proficiency training resources. The screencasts are not designed to be used as presentation material in professional development sessions. 


It is highly recommended that the "Overview" is viewed first before viewing any of the other screencasts. 



SBAC Assessment System Resources