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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, 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 about the subjects 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.

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. 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!

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, and National Research Council (1999), p. 20
 

The College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education Download PDF Document (CCRSAE) are a verbatim subset of the Common Core State Standards (i.e., the Common Core). Like the Common Core, the CCRSAE respond to the critical need of ensuring students are able to access family-sustaining employment via postsecondary education and/or training. Massachusetts adopted the CCRSAE in 2013 as the standards describing what Massachusetts adult education students, both ABE and ESOL, should know and be able to do.

In FY2018, programs offering ABE instruction are required to align their curriculum and instruction to the CCRSAE. Programs offering ESOL instruction are required to use curriculum aligned the standards and benchmarks of the Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for English for Speakers of Other Languages and the standards, level-specific standards, and instructional shifts of the CCRSAE Download PDF Document.

In FY2019, programs offering ESOL instruction are required to use curriculum aligned to the CCRSAE Download PDF Document and supported by the standards and benchmarks of the Massachusetts ABE Curriculum Framework for English for Speakers of Other Languages. See the ACLS Curriculum and Instruction Policy page for more information.

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

Download PDF Document
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

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Adult Basic Education Curriculum Frameworks Archive

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



Last Updated: September 7, 2017
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