Oregon Department of Education

Common Core State Standards and English Learners

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA) & Literacy are the foundation of the K–12 Oregon Diploma for all students. The CCSS mathematics and ELA standards are defined by six shifts that focus instruction and four claims that describe what students should know and be able to do. The CCSS include reading and writing standards customized for Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects.

The documents on this page provide all educators with resources that focus on the needs of English language learners. Educators should continue to reference the resources available on other CCSS pages for content-specific information.


Teaching Resources and Best Practices

  • Searchable Database of Tasks, Units and Student Work (NYC Department of Education)  External Link  
    Search a growing assortment of Common Core-aligned tasks, units and student work developed by NYC educators and national experts by keyword, grade level, subject area and Common Core Learning Standard.
  • Teaching Resources for CCSS and ELLs  External Link  
    Sets of teaching resources that exemplify high-quality instruction for ELLs across three content areas: English Language Arts, Math, and Science.
  • ELL Considerations for CCSS-Aligned Tasks in English Language Arts (NYC Department of Education) PDF  External Link 01/03/2014 (120.20 KB)
    This document is intended to inform educators on insights and practical suggestions for accelerating the academic achievement of ELLs in literacy classrooms, specifically in the following areas: Vocabulary, Scaffolding, Native Language, and Writing.
  • ELL Considerations for CCSS-Aligned Tasks in Mathematics (NYC Department of Education) PDF  External Link 01/03/2014 (133.51 KB)
    In order to develop proficiency in the Standard for Mathematical Practice 3 (Construct Viable Arguments and Critique the Reasoning of Others) and Standard for Mathematical Practice 4 (Model with Mathematics), it is important to provide English Language Learners (ELLs) with two levels of access to the tasks: language access and content access.
  • Strategies for Diverse Learners - ELL    
    This document created by the Ohio Department of Education presents strategies for meeting the needs of English language learners.
  • Implementing the CCSS for English Language Learners  External Link  
    ESL teachers have been largely absent from the conversation around this important education reform, yet they will play a critical role in its successful implementation for English language learners. This report summarizes the discussions that took place at the February 2013 TESOL meeting and highlights the topics that emerged from the conversation.
  • Understanding Language  External Link  
    Understanding Language aims to heighten educator awareness of the critical role that language plays in the new Common Core State Standards, especially for English Language Learners. The long-term goal of the initiative is to increase recognition that learning the language of each academic discipline is essential to learning content.

Webinars & Presentations

  • English Language Proficiency Development Framework Webinar Series  External Link  
    This four part webinar series by CCSSO on the English Language Proficiency Development (ELPD) Framework outlines the underlying English language practices found in the CCSS and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and communicates to ELL stakeholders the language that all ELLs must acquire in order to successfully engage the CCSS and NGSS.
  • Language, Literacy, and the Common Core  External Link  
    Kenji Hakuta discussed the shifts, challenges, and opportunities that all students, especially English Language Learners (ELLs), face as they engage with the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
  • Teaching ELA to English Language Learners PDF  External Link 01/07/2014 (2.24 MB)
    In this PowerPoint, English-language acquisition experts from the Understanding Language initiative at Stanford University share resources and advice to educators on how to deepen and accelerate the learning and instruction of English-language learners (ELLs), develop content-rich ELA/literacy lessons for ELLs and provide the varying levels of support ELLs will need to meet the new standards.
  • ELLs and the Common Core in Mathematics  External Link  
    Judit Moschkovich will discuss recommendations for mathematics instruction for ELLs. This webinar is targeted at mathematics teachers who have ELL students in their classrooms. Participants are encouraged to read Dr. Moschkovich's paper, "Mathematics, the Common Core, and Language" found in the Papers section of the website.
  • Implications and Implementation Considerations of the CCSS for ELL PDF   02/07/2011 (974.59 KB)
    This PowerPoint by Mabel Rivera, Center on Instruction (COI), was presented at the CCSS: Planning for Effective Implementation conference in 2011.
  • CCSS: Building a Bridge for English Language Learners PDF  External Link  
    This PowerPoint provides detail on some of the ELL considerations for educators and districts will be as they begin to focus on implementation. It also discusses what the Common Core will mean for ELL instruction and what some of the major challenges will be for educators implementing the Common Core.
  • Title III PowerPoint PDF   03/18/2013 (2.22 MB)
    This training provides information and instructional practices for helping ELLs meet the CCSS. Its primary objective is to assist mainstream teachers and English as a second language (ESL) teachers in developing lessons and implementing instructional practices that align with the CCSS in language arts and meet the needs of both ELLs and mainstream students.
  • CCSS and Considerations for English Language Learners Power Point Presentation   03/20/2013 (1.40 MB)
    This presentation provides program information and considerations regarding CCSS implementation for English language learners.

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