The Kansas State Department of Education is seeking public input on proposed new English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards. These documents are designed to assist educators as they instruct non-native speakers of English. West Ed developed these standards with the help of the Understanding Language Collaborative while the Council of Chief State School Officers organized state involvement in the project. A Kansas committee of 24 educators provided periodic input at multiple levels, starting in February and continuing into September 2013. Committee members are listed on the ESOL Standards webpage.
These new ELP Standards were strategically designed to simplify and streamline the process of learning English in order to meet college-and-career-ready standards in academic subject areas. The ten standards highlight language functions and forms needed for ELLs to succeed in school. The correspondences between each standard and specific ELA, Math Practice, and Science Practice standards are clearly identified.
Specific attention has been given to making these standards useful to ESOL specialists as well as general classroom teachers working with English Language Learners. For that reason, although the standards were developed in grade bands (K, 1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, and 9-12 grades), they are presented separately for each grade level.
Public comment was requested from Sept. 17 to Oct. 24, 2013. Thanks to the 61 people who responded.
Proposed ELP Standards with Proficiency Level Descriptors
ELP Standards with Correspondence to K-12 Practices and Grade ELA Standards
ELP Standards with Correspondence to K-12 Practices and Literacy Standards