English Language Proficiency Standards
The new English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) highlight the critical language, knowledge about language, and skills using language that are in college-and-career-ready standards and that are necessary for English language learners (ELLs) to be successful in schools. The standards also include correspondences to the Practices and Standards identified in the Common Core State Standards and in the Next Generation Science Standards.
Download the standards here: English Language Proficiency Standards
Tools for working with the ELPS:
- Strategies for meeting the ELPS in your classroom : This document includes strategies identified by teachers in the Yakima School District that supports ELLs in meeting the ELPS.
- Teacher Tips for Level 1 and 2 Grades 6-8: This document includes the ELPS, what level 1 and level 2 students can do at each level, and what teachers can do to support their ELLs in grades 6-8.
- Teacher Tips for Level 1 and 2 Grades 9-12: This document includes the ELPS, what level 1 and level 2 students can do at each level, and what teachers can do to support their ELLs in grades 9-12.
- Stanford University: Understanding Language: This website offers a lot of information and resources related to language, literacy, and learning in the content area.
- ELPS: Establishing Foundations: This informative powerpoint from OSPI introduces the why and how the ELPS were created.
- Using the ELPS: This informative powerpoint from OSPI introduces how to use the ELPS
- Professional Development Modules: ELPA21 members are working with Understanding Language and 16 teachers, eight of whom are from Washington, to develop high quality professional development designed to help teachers use the ELP standards. At completion, there will be six self-paced online modules.
- ELPS Assessment Tools: ELPS profiency levels provide a great guide for assessing students' language proficiency in the content area. Here are some tools that provide a starting place: