The English-Language Arts Content Standards for California
Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve represents
a strong consensus on the skills, knowledge, and abilities that
all students should be able to master in language arts at specific
grade levels during 13 years in the California public school system.
Each standard describes the content students need to master by
the end of each grade level (kindergarten through grade eight)
or cluster of grade levels (grades nine and ten and grades eleven
and twelve). In accordance with Education Code Section
60603, as added by Assembly Bill 265 (Chapter 975, Statutes of
1995), the Leroy Greene California Assessment of Academic Achievement
Act, there will be performance standards that "define various
levels of competence at each grade level . . . [and] gauge the
degree to which a student has met the content standards." The
assessment of student mastery of these standards is scheduled
for no later than 2001.