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ERIC Number: ED505498
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 31
Understanding Adult ESL Content Standards. CAELA Brief
Young, Sarah
Center for Adult English Language Acquisition
The movement for developing and implementing adult English as a Second Language (ESL) content standards is gaining momentum in the United States as more emphasis is placed on learner outcomes, accountability, and professionalism in the field. Additional research is needed to investigate the impact that adult ESL content standards have on instruction, student learning, and accountability outcomes; and the professional development needed to support teachers who use content standards. Research on K-12 standards-based education shows that student progress depends to a great extent on teacher professional development and commitment to the standards. Although adult ESL programs, instructors, and students often do not have the time, resources, or support that exists in K-12 systems to implement standards-based education, a growing number of states are finding ways to successfully use standards in a variety of adult ESL instructional contexts. Adult ESL content standards hold the promise of providing effective guidelines for instruction and assessment, and eventually, of improving student outcomes. A list of online resources for standards-based education is included. (Contains 2 figures.)
Center for Adult English Language Acquisition. 4646 40th Street NW, Washington, DC 20016. Tel: 202-355-1500; Fax: 202-363-7204; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Researchers; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Adult English Language Acquisition