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1/28/2013 9:44:00 AM
Oregon Continues to Identify New ELP/D Standards Corresponding to CCSS

As announced in the May 10, 2012 edition of the Assessment and Accountability Update, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) Offices of Educational Improvement and Innovation and Assessment and Information Services, in collaboration with members of districts from around the state, began the selection of new English Language Proficiency Development (ELP/D) Standards that correspond to the Common Core State Standards. This work coincides to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver application, which included an assurance that Oregon will adopt English Language Proficiency Development standards corresponding to Oregon's college-and career-ready standards no later than the 2013-14 school year. With the recent approval of Oregon's Flexibility Waiver, the review of Oregon’s ELP standards, originally adopted in 2005, became a necessity.

In May 2012, it was anticipated that the new ELP/D standards would be recommended for adoption by the State Board of Education in 2012-13 and be the basis of the English language proficiency assessment pilot beginning in 2015-2016.

To better serve Oregon's growing English Language Learner (ELL) population, ODE has developed a multi-year transition process for programs serving ELLs which ensures that this population will meet Oregon's 40/40/20 Goals for student high school completion and post-secondary participation. Members of the English Language Proficiency Standards Workgroup recently completed Phase I of Oregon's Flexibility Waiver relating to Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The purpose of the workgroup was to consider recommendations for forward planning in the potential revision of the ELP/D Standards to correspond with the Common Core State Standards adopted by Oregon. To that end, Phase I activities during May and June of 2012 gathered input and contributed to communicated plans with stakeholders about the proposed transition areas for ELLs.

In September, 2012, Phase II of the implementation plan will commence, including a wide variety of stakeholders to review and update the formula and calculation of Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAOs) in a manner that truly gauges the effectiveness of ELL program implementation outcomes. During this timeframe, Oregon will continue to review English Language Proficiency Development standards that correspond to the CCSS, for potential adoption in Oregon. The original timeline for the recommendation for adoption has been modified, as Oregon works with a consortium of states on guidelines for ELP/D standards.

Based on this new information, ODE anticipates that the newly-aligned standards will be the basis of the English language proficiency assessment beginning in 2016-17. This timeline provides local districts two years to address curriculum and instructional needs of the new ELP/D standards which works well with the scheduled adoption of ELP/D instructional materials for classroom use in fall 2014.

Proposed Criteria for Evaluation of Instructional Materials MS-Word

Timeline for Adoption of ELP/D Standards and Instructional Materials PDF

For more information, contact Susan Inman (susan.inman@ode.state.or.us eMail).

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