English Language Proficiency Standards
What is a student at a beginning level of learning a new language able to do? How about a student who is more advanced? Language proficiency standards set guidelines for students' language development and are chosen at the state level. For example, states who are members of the WIDA Consortium use WIDA's English language development standards. Other states, such as California and New York, have their own language proficiency standards. To learn more about your state, see our State Resources section.
Note on terminology: Some common terms for these standards are English language proficiency (ELP) standards and English language development (ELD) standards.
- Essential Actions: 15 Research-based Practices to Increase ELL Student Achievement
- Technology Review: Ellevation Software
- Rethinking Language Goals in Science with Three-Dimensional Learning
- Standards That Impact English Language Learners
- Crosswalks to the Common Core and Other State Academic Content Standards
- Using Pair and Group Work to Develop ELLs’ Oral Language Skills
- California's ELA/ELD Framework: Bringing It All Together
- Alliance for Excellent Education’s Building on the CCSS to Improve Learning for ELLs
- Assessment Initiatives: ELLs & the CCSS
Building upon student strengths: The "Can Do" Approach
Using English language proficiency levels to plan instruction
Rubric of key language elements
ELL proficiency standards and the Common Core
Research and Reports
- The Relationship Between English Proficiency and Content Knowledge for English Language Learner Students in Grades 10 and 11 in Utah
- New Measures of English Language Proficiency and Their Relationship to Performance on Large-Scale Content Assessments
- How Long Does It Take English Language Learners to Attain Proficiency?