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"If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow." ― John Dewey

This page includes links to Virginia's adult education standards, the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education and our Adult Education Content Standards for English for Speakers of Other Languages Instruction, along with supplemental documents and resources such as activity ideas for teaching the ESOL standards and CCRS classroom observation tools.


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College and Career Readiness Standards

College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRS)
The CCRS address English language arts/literacy (ELA), including reading foundations, and mathematics. The standards are organized into five levels that correspond to National Reporting System (NRS) levels with Level E, the highest level of the CCRS, incorporating Low and High Adult Secondary Education.

CCRS English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) Anchor Standards
This PDF provides a concise list of the reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language standards that apply across all CCRS levels. It also includes the anchors for foundational reading skills.

CCRS Standards for Mathematical Practice
This DOC excerpts the Standards for Mathematical Practice, which apply across all levels in the CCRS math standards. Several online resources (mostly created by K12 practitioners using the Common Core State Standards) provide useful aids to understanding the math practices:

Resources for CCRS Math Content Standards: Major Work of the Level and CCR Content Progressions
The Major Work of the Level handout highlights focus areas in the math CCRS, while the math content progressions arrange the standards by domain or topic (from foundational to advanced knowledge and skills in each area) rather than by student skill level.

CCR Observation Tools: English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics
These tools provide concrete examples of what the CCRS look like in daily planning and practice. Each observation tool includes five core actions to help determine whether curriculum and learning activities are standards-aligned, lessons are engaging and well-sequenced, and student understanding is monitored appropriately.

CCR Observation Guides for Planning and Practice in a Single Lesson: English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics
These abbreviated observation guides focus on the CCRS key advances and present clear indicators for high quality classroom instruction that incorporates the standards.

Resource Alignment Tools: English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics
These tools are designed to give educators guidance in evaluating potential curricular materials for CCRS alignment. They include criteria to consider and suggested high-value actions for closing any identified gaps. While focused on reviewing entire resources, these criteria are also a valuable starting place when working to revise individual lessons for greater standards alignment.

Virginia’s Adult Education Content Standards for English for Speakers of Other Languages Instruction

Virginia’s Adult Education Content Standards for English for Speakers of Other Languages Instruction and Complimentary Instructional Resources
The Adult Education Content Standards for English for Speakers of Other Languages Instruction are organized by levels of proficiency described by the National Reporting System (NRS). These levels are further organized by language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Within each language skill, benchmarks and progress indicators describe what a learner should know and be able to do in order to advance.

Teacher resources for implementing the standards are provided at each level of proficiency and skill. These include suggestions for classroom activities and examples of student performance for each progress indicator. Helpful checklists for both teachers and students are also provided.

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