ELA Guidelines

Improve your ELA materials & instruction for ELs with our free, comprehensive tool. The ELA Guidelines are divided into five Areas of Focus:

I: Interdependence of Oral Language, Disciplinary Writing, and Text Engagement
II: Sustained Language and Content Support
III: Learner Awareness (Metacognitive Strategies)
IV: Leveraging Students' Assets
V: Formative Assessment
Area of Focus V

Formative Assessment

Specification 14A

Teacher materials guide formative assessment and feedback strategies for teachers during student-led discussions and presentations. The materials should guide teachers to assess students’ oral language abilities, content knowledge, and disciplinary practices and to determine how students need support in developing the concepts, practices, and oral language to express them.

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Specification 14B

Materials provide teacher guidance to avoid assumptions about a student’s background knowledge and language resources based on language proficiency scores or grades. Instead, teachers should receive guidance on how to formulate “just needed” questions that help students to understand the necessary background information or language forms/functions as required.

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