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Language Proficiency Standards
English Language Learners   

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Pennsylvania's Language Proficiency Standards for English Language Learners (ELPS for ELLs) have been carefully developed to meet compliance with the requirements of Title I and Title III of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.  The ELPS for ELLs represent the work and commitment of dedicated professionals across Pennsylvania, under the leadership of Barbara Mowrey, ESL/Bilingual Education Advisor, and in collaboration with Lead Developer, Lynore Carnuccio of esl-etc.  PDE believes that educators throughout the state will find the ELPS for ELLs a useful starting point in planning instruction, assessment, and curriculum for English language learners in pre-school through high school. 

Pennsylvania's ELPS for ELLs were approved by the State Board of Education on March 17, 2005 for Social & Instructional (ESL), Language Arts and Mathematics. 

In May 2007 the ELPS for ELLs were updated to include the addition of Science and Social Studies.  Additional revisions include example topics and themes, CAN DO Descriptors, language performance definitions, and reorganization of the matrices.  The ELPS for ELLs also include formative and summative frameworks for classroom instruction and large scale assessment.  A new feature included in the formative framework is the addition of the Pennsylvania academic standard or anchor at level five, Bridging. 

Click on the link below to view or print a copy of the updated ELPS for ELLs


For additional information, please contact:

Linda Long | Bilingual Education Advisor
Pennsylvania Department of Education - Teaching and Learning, Division of Curriculum
333 Market Street, 3rd Fl. | Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
Phone: 717.783.6595 | Fax: 717.783.3946
lilong@pa.gov | www.education.state.pa.us