10 Concise and Straightforward Standards: A Request from Educators

Proficiency Unlocks Potential

When looking at student language development and grade-level content, we ask the question, “What is the student able to do with language in the content areas?” as opposed to “What language skills does the student have?” This provides more actionable and instructionally relevant information on the student. ELs can and should be supported in ways that allow them to become college- and career-ready at the same level as non-ELs.

The key feature of the standards: Educator application and accessibility

Content area teachers need the tools to fuel the academic performance of English learners, while ESL/ELD teachers must have command of the language used in subject areas so that ELs can succeed.

The 10 ELP Standards are concise and straightforward – meeting a request from educators. The expectations for students learning English and gaining proficiency are clear and tightly correspond to states’ college and career ready standards. The ELP Standards highlight the important connection between language and content. The priority is assessing students’ English language proficiency to gather insights for helping them continuously improve.

In many schools, language development has been the responsibility of ESL/ELD teachers, while content development has been handled by subject/content area teachers. Now that students are held to rigorous college and career ready standards that span multiple subjects, all teachers must work more closely together to support ELs.

The ELP Standards offer a common language

For ESL/ELD teachers and content teachers to best support ELs, there was a loud call for ELP standards with a clear connection to content standards. The ELP Standards deepen connections between language and content – EL proficiency expectations are now fully integrated with appropriate content standards.

Articulating expectations clearly

The 10 ELP Standards are organized according to how language skills correspond with ELA and literacy, mathematics, and science standards in six grades and grade bands: kindergarten, 1, 2–3, 4–5, 6–8, and 9–12. If a different approach is preferred, they also are organized at each grade or grade band into five overarching domains for language learning.