Why Use Standards?
Standards address the question, "What do adult learners need to know and be able to do so they are prepared to meet employers' expectations for trained workers, succeed in postsecondary education and/or training, and attain the goals they set for themselves?"
The standards give ABE and ESOL teachers a common roadmap for what students must learn in order to be college and career ready. The standards are not curricula themselves. They do give teachers guidelines from which to develop curricula, scope and sequences within curricula, curriculum units, and lesson plans as part of curriculum units.
ACLS is committed to a standards-based system in which curriculum, instruction, and assessment are all aligned to standards and benchmarks or to level-specific standards. Having standards and benchmarks or level-specific standards the same across the state creates equity and sets high expectations for what's taught to adult learners and what's assessed.
Getting Standards Right is Important!
Adapted from National Research Council. 1999. Testing, Teaching, and Learning: A Guide for States and School Districts, page 20. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
- Programs offering ABE instruction are required to implement curriculum aligned to the Anchor Standards and level-specific standards of the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRSAE). The CCRSAE respond to the critical need of ensuring adult students are able to access family-sustaining employment1 via postsecondary education and/or training. In 2013, Massachusetts adopted the CCRSAE as the standards describing what all Massachusetts adult education students should know and be able to do.
- Programs offering ESOL instruction are required to implement curriculum aligned to the standards and benchmarks of the Massachusetts English Language Proficiency Standards for Adult Education (MA ELPS)2. The MA ELPS combine college and career readiness skills and language skills into a single set of standards for English language learners.
ABE and ESOL programs are strongly encouraged to use the Massachusetts ABE Science Curriculum Framework, Life Science Strand.
Massachusetts English Language Proficiency Standards for Adult Education (2019)
Source Documents for the Massachusetts English Language Proficiency Standards for Adult Education (2019)The Massachusetts English Language Proficiency Standards for Adult Education is an integration of multiple source documents, anchored by the CCRSAE. These color-coded strand documents illustrate how the various documents informed the final standards, where scaffolding for English language learning was needed, and how lingering gaps were filled.
MA ELPS Source Document Reading Strand
MA ELPS Source Document Writing Strand
MA ELPS Source Document Listening/Speaking Strand
Massachusetts English Language Proficiency Standards for Adult Education (2019) Learning Strategies (2019)
This list of general (or cross-domain) language learning strategies complements the domain-specific strategies that are described in each strand under Standard 4: Use of Effective Strategies. It is a reminder of the scaffolding instructors can provide by teaching students how to learn more effectively.
College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (2013). — 4/17/2014
Adopted by DESE/Adult and Community Learning Services October, 2013
Massachusetts ABE Science Curriculum Framework (2013) — 12/9/2013
Adult Basic Education Curriculum Frameworks Archive
Questions? Please contact , Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Specialist in ACLS . Dana Varzan-Parker
1 "Leading economists who have examined labor market projections note that key college and career ready knowledge and skills are closely linked to being able to get the training necessary to earn a living wage in high-growth industries. It is crucial, then, that adult education programs provide students the opportunity to acquire these skills to pursue their long-term career aspirations and goals." Pimentel (2013). College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education, page 2.
2 The MA ELPS integrate standards from the Massachusetts ABE Curriculum Framework for English for Speakers of Other Languages (2005), the CCRSAE, and the English Language Proficiency Standards for Adult Education (2016).
Last Updated: August 2, 2019