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Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS)

Frameworks

Why use Standards?

The following sets of 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, attend and complete college, and to attain the goals they set for themselves?"

The standards give ABE and ESOL teachers a common roadmap for what students must learn about the subject covered in order to be college and career ready. They give teachers guidelines from which to develop curricula, scope and sequences within curricula, curriculum units, and lesson plans as part of curriculum units. The standards are not curricula themselves.

By making the standards and benchmarks (also referred to as level-specific standards) the same across the state-and across the nation in the case of the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education-the standards align what's taught and what's assessed. Adult Community Learning Services (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.

Getting Standards Right is Important!

Standards .....
Arrows for Standards -align curriculum, instruction, assessment, & accountability -Provide clear expectation for students & staff -Provide focus for professional development and improved teaching & program improvement -and result in higher & deepers levels of learning for students.
Adapted from &Testing, Teaching, and Learning: A Guide for States and School Districts,& National Research Council (1999), p. 20

Both ABE and ESOL programs are strongly encouraged to use the Massachusetts ABE Science Curriculum Framework, Life Science Strand.

Questions? Please contact Jane Schwerdtfeger, Curriculum and Assessment Developer, in Adult and Community Learning Services at janes@doe.mass.edu

View External Link
College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (2013).
Adopted by DESE/Adult and Community Learning Services October, 2013
4/17/2014
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Massachusetts ABE Curriculum Framework for English for Speakers of Other Languages (2005)
12/9/2005
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Massachusetts ABE Science Curriculum Framework (2013)
12/9/2013

The following ABE Curriculum Frameworks are not required but may be useful to ESE-funded ABE programs. They may be considered as additional resources. In particular, the resources in the Revised Reading Strand can be very useful in implementing the required College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education; see Section 3: Text selection guide and reading samples at different GLE Levels, and Section 4: Supporting Research and implications for teaching.

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Massachusetts ABE English Language Arts Curriculum Framework (2005)
The Reading Strand of the ABE English Language Arts Curriculum Framework (2010) Download PDF Document
12/9/2005
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Massachusetts ABE Reading Standards and Benchmarks, Levels One through Three (2012)
2/13/2012
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Level One Beginning ABE Literacy (0-1.9 GLE) Massachusetts ABE Reading Standards and Benchmarks (2012)
2/13/2012
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Describing ABE Level 1 Learners: Supporting Research and Implications for Teaching, by John Strucker, Ed.D. (2012)
2/13/2012
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Massachusetts ABE Math and Numeracy Curriculum Framework (2005)
11/8/2005
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Massachusetts ABE Health Curriculum Framework (2001)
10/2001
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Massachusetts ABE History and Social Sciences Curriculum Framework (2001)
10/2001

For more information or questions, please contact Jane Schwerdtfeger at janes@doe.mass.edu. Thank you.



Last Updated: June 5, 2014
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