Adult and Community Learning Services (ACLS)
ABE and ESOL educators in Adult Basic Education programs funded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education have a critical role in preparing adult learners for their next steps. These educators provide high quality instruction that is aligned to the College and Career Readiness standards for adult education (for ABE instruction) or the standards and benchmarks in the Massachusetts ABE Curriculum Framework for English Speakers of Other Languages (for ESOL instruction). Educators are also are supported by professional development and technical assistance opportunities so that their curriculum, instruction, and assessment are informed by ESE guidelines and best practices. This web page contains the College and Career Readiness standards for adult education, the Massachusetts ABE Curriculum Framework for ESOL, and the Massachusetts ABE Science Curriculum Framework and a number of resources to aid ABE educators.
What is curriculum?1
Curriculum is a coherent plan that links goals for learning (which typically comprise academic standards such as the College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education) and the work that happens in the classroom.
It is a course of study and a set of tools, including a scope and sequence, which guide teachers to enable students to develop the knowledge and skills they need to qualify for further education, job training, and better employment.
1 This definition, slightly adapted, is taken from the Massachusetts Policies for Effective Adult Basic Education in Community Adult Learning Centers and Correctional Institutions . (Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Adult and Community Learning Services, Revised FY2015; updated April 2015), page 50.