Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS)
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!
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 required to align their curriculum and instruction to the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education. ESOL programs are also required to align their curriculum and instruction to Massachusetts ABE Curriculum Framework for English for Speakers of Other Language. ABE and ESOL programs are strongly encouraged to use the Massachusetts ABE Science Curriculum Framework, Life Science Strand.
College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (2013).
Adopted by DESE/Adult and Community Learning Services October, 2013
Massachusetts ABE Curriculum Framework for English for Speakers of Other Languages (2005)
Massachusetts ABE Science Curriculum Framework (2013)
Adult Basic Education Curriculum Frameworks Archive
Questions? Please contact Jane Schwerdtfeger, Curriculum Development Specialist, in Adult and Community Learning Services at firstname.lastname@example.org