Pennsylvania English Language Proficiency Standards
- The Pennsylvania English Language Proficiency Standards meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 by providing a framework for standards-based instructional and assessment planning for English Learners.
- The classroom/Formative framework is designed to be used with planning instruction and curriculum and extends itself to be used as a tool for classroom performance-based assessment as well. Though the framework was adopted, and the standards remained the same, the performance indicators for the PA English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) were based on Pennsylvania's criteria for its English Learners, as well as Pennsylvania's content standards in the Core Curriculum content areas and PA Assessment Anchors for Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies (2007 Pennsylvania English Language Proficiency Standards, pps. 2-3).
English Language Development (ELD) Standards
The English Language Development standards "represent the social, institutional, and academic language" students need to become successful in school. These standards include:
Social and Instructional Language
Language of Language Arts
(2014 The WIDA Standards Framework and its theoretical foundations, p.1)
The English Language Learner (ELL) Overlays for English Language Arts and Mathematics are designed to assist educators in developing instructional units, lessons, or activities that are meaningful and comprehensible for English language learners. They illustrate the dynamic process of adapting instruction and assessments based on the English language proficiency of students.
TESOL Pre-K-12 English Language Proficiency Standards Framework
The Proficiency Standards Framework presents five language proficiency standards. They include both social and academic uses of the language students must acquire for success in and beyond the classroom. The English Language Proficiency standards include:
- Standard 1: English Learners communicate for social, inter-cultural, and instructional purposes within the school setting.
- Standard 2: English Learners communicate information, ideas, and concepts necessary for academic success in the area of Language Arts.
- Standard 3: English Learners communicate information, ideas, and concepts necessary for academic success in the area of mathematics.
- Standard 4: English Learners communicate information, ideas, and concepts necessary for academic success in the area of science.
- Standard 5: English learners communicate information, ideas, and concepts necessary for academic success in the area of social studies.