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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 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 Tool: English Language Arts/Literacy and CCR Observation Tool: 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.

Aggregation and Summary of Observation Data for ELA/Literacy Tool and Aggregation and Summary of Observation Data for Mathematics Tool
These tools can assist programs in aggregating classroom observation data in order to identify trends and set professional development priorities.

CCR Observation Guide for Planning and Practice in a Single Lesson: English Language Arts/Literacy and CCR Observation Guide for Planning and Practice in a Single Lesson: 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 Tool: English Language Arts/Literacy and Resource Alignment Tool: 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.

English Language Proficiency Standards for Adult Education (ELPS)

English Language Proficiency Standards for Adult Education (ELPS)
The ELPS emphasize the academic language needed by adult English language learners. Each of the 10 standards is broken down into 5 levels that describe a progression of language skills. The document includes two views of the standards: the first is designed for ESOL instructors while the second is intended to aid ABE/HSE instructors whose classes include language learners.

Introduction to the English Language Proficiency Standards for Adult Education
This one-hour, self-paced online module introduces the English Language Proficiency Standards for Adult Education and provides an understanding of why and how the standards were selected and how they are organized.

Meeting the Language Needs of Today’s Adult English Language Learner: Companion Learning Resource
The guide provides examples of approaches, strategies, and lesson ideas that lead to more engaging, rigorous, and effective English language instruction.

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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