English Learners

Common Core State Standards are designed on the belief that all students should be held to the same high expectations, including English Learners (ELs). However, these students may require additional time, tailored appropriate instructional supports and aligned assessments as they seek to acquire both English language proficiency and content area knowledge and skills.

ELs are identified as a mixed group with differences in English language proficiency, ethnic background, primary language, socioeconomic status and quality of prior schooling. Effectively educating ELs requires effective diagnosis of a student’s knowledge and skills, corresponding adjustment in instruction and close monitoring of student progress.

Common Core for English/language arts articulates rigorous grade-level expectations in the areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing to prepare all students to be college and career ready, including English learners. ELs are capable of participating in mathematical discussions as they learn English.

Explore our resources to learn more how Common Core can support the educational and occupational success of ELs.