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English Language Proficiency Standards

Adopted December 10, 2013. These new standards were strategically designed to simplify and streamline the process of learning in English in order to meet college-and-career-ready standards in academic subject areas. The ten standards highlight language functions and forms that English Language Learners (ELLs) need in order to suceed. The correspondences between the ELP standards and specific ELA, Math Practice and Science Practice standads are clearly identified.
Complete ELP Standards document235 pages, pdf, with correspondence matrix introducing each grade level, electronic bookmarks and live links between pages.

Professional Development

The modules below include recording, slides, guiding questions, and activities to be used individually or in groups. Use all modules for 1 day of training, or schedule modules over a period of time to fully integrate the new standards. The training should be used for ESOL teachers and all other content teachers and administrators who work with English Learners.
ELP Standards Webinars, Part 1This Introduction explains how, when, and why these standards were developed and adopted. Webinar recorded 8/26/2014; 45 minutes. (First in a series presented monthly in fall of 2014).
ELP Standards Webinar Part 3This session discusses the "productive" standards - # 3, 5, and 7 - their relationship to each other, correspondences to English, math, and science standard practices, and a few instructional examples. 44 minutes. Recorded 10/14/14.
ELPA Standards Webinar, Part 4This session discusses the "interactive" standards - #2, 4, and 6.Their relationship to each other, correspondences to English, math, and science standard practices, and a few instructional examples are included. 39 minutes. Recorded 11/13/14.
ELP Standards Webinar, Part 5This session discusses the "language" standards - #8,9, and 10 - their relationship to each other, correspondences to English, math, and science standard practices, and a few instructional examples . 48 minutes. Recorded 12/16/14.
"Constructive Classroom Conversations" online course"Constructive Classroom Conversations: Mastering Language for College and Career Readiness" is a free, online course taught by Kenji Hukata, Jeff Zwiers, and Sara Rutherford-Quach from Understanding Languages, Stanford. Feb. 18-May 19.

Early Language Learning/Dual Language Learners

Pre-K English Language Proficiency Standards 2011Guidance for working with preschool children developing multiple languages
The Early Years: Dual Language LearnersWIDA Bulletin focused on approaches to working with pre-school age Dual Language and English Language Learners

English Language Proficiency Standards Project

Kansas joined ten other states, CCSSO, WestEd, and Understanding Language in an effort to more closely correlate English Language Proficiency Standards with College and Career Ready standards for English Language Arts and Literacy, Math, and Science. ELPA21 Standards Initiative

For our state’s part of the effort a 24-person committee was created representing all Board of Education districts, all levels of instruction, teachers, administrators, specialists and higher education. The committee's task was to provide detailed reviews, feedback, and guidance to a national team of expert standards writers. The committee timeline was defined by the English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century State Consortium (ELPA21) in order to meet commitments for developing new assessments “of the critical elements associated with English language acquisition and mastery of the linguistic skills linked to success in mainstream classroom environments.”

Nominations for the ELP Standards Committee were solicited in January 2013. The committee first convened on February 25, 2013 and met at critical points in the standards develop process, reflected in documents below. In September the committee voted unanimously to recommend a new set of ELP Standards for adoption. Feedback on the standards was accepted online until Friday, October 25, 2013. The Kansas Board of Education formally adopted the standards on December 10, 2013.

World Language & ESOL
Program Consultant

Phyllis Farrar
(785) 296-1891

Deputy Commissioner
Division of Learning Services
Brad Neuenswander
(785) 296-2303

Career, Standards and Assessment

Scott Smith
(785) 296-3142

Assistant Director
Career and Technical Education
Jay Scott
(785) 296-0979

Assistant Director
Academic Standards
Jeannette Nobo
(785) 296-2078

Assistant Director
Beth Fultz
(785) 296-2325

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