cesdpThe CCSS are designed with the beliefs that all students will be held to the same expectations outlined in the CCSS, including English Language Learners (ELLs). All teachers, whether they are ESL, content, or general education teachers will need to collaborate to effectively support ELLS in meeting the expectations of the CCSS.

ELLs are diverse in their ethnic backgrounds, first language, socioeconomic status, quality of prior schooling, and levels of English language proficiency. Approximately 15% of New Mexico students are identified as ELLs and 70% are identified as culturally and linguistically diverse, all who require careful diagnosing, adjustments to instruction, and close monitoring of progress. ELLs require appropriate instructional support, and aligned assessments as they acquire English language proficiency and content area knowledge.

All public school districts are required to assess annually all identified English Language Learners (ELLs)/Limited English Proficient (LEP) students in grades K-12 using the ACCESS for ELLs® assessment until the students test as English language proficient. All LEP students must be tested until they achieve the state prescribed minimum score to be considered English language proficient.

New Mexico is a member of the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment Consortium (WIDA) which provides a framework for NM English Language Development (ELD) Standards. The framework includes model student performance indicators organized in language domains and levels of language proficiency. The NM ELD Standards are designed to use in conjunction with the CCSS English Language Arts and Mathematics Standards.

The Guiding Principles of the WIDA Standards are based on a CAN DO philosophy which accentuates the positive qualities and assets of ELLs and their families. It is based on the philosophy that as educational partners, the efforts of all stakeholders, from paraprofessionals to superintendents, make a difference in the education of ELLs. ALL students and families from diverse linguistic, cultural, and experiential backgrounds enrich our schools and communities.

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is currently piloting state-wide student assessments and has developed an Accommodations Manual that includes many proposed accommodations policies that are currently in use across PARCC states. The draft PARCC Accommodations Manual includes not only proposed participation and accommodations policies for students with disabilities (SWDs) and ELLs, but also information about tools that will be provided through PARCC’s computer-based assessment delivery system for all students to optimize their performance on the assessments.

The Guiding Principles of the WIDA (download PDF) are the cornerstone for research-based practices for student success.

Key Resources for Students, Teachers, and Families

Ben Lujan Leadership and Public Policy Institute (BLLPPI) and Center for the Education and Study of Diverse Populations (CESDP)

book¡Colorín Colorado!: A Bilingual site for Families and Educators of English Language Learners.

Dual Language Education of New Mexico (DLENM): A non-profit organization serving the professional and informational needs of communities who wish to develop, refine, and/or, implement dual
language programs.
dlenm.org · 505-243-0648

World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment: A 35 consortium of states with ELL students.

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