Posted on 02/23/2016 at 07:18 AM by Liz Determan

New English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards are now available at

A new set of English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards have been adopted by the Iowa State Board of Education for grades K-12.  The new ELP Standards were developed by WestEd, in collaboration with EL educators from across the country.  The standard were developed to help English learners (ELs) acquire the content knowledge and English proficiency necessary to be successful in school.   These standards align with college-and career-ready (CCR) standards, which are the benchmarks many teachers use to evaluate students in the subject areas of language arts, science and math.  The ELP Standards focus on the language skills ELs need in order to be successful in these subject areas. 

There are 6 Module trainings, which will be delivered in phases.  All Language Instruction Education Program (LIEP) teachers(highly qualified, ESL endorsed) are required to participate in Modules 1-3 during the 2015-2016 school year and Modules 4-6 during the 2016-2017 school year. 

Beginning in 2016-2017, all licensed staff providing service to ELs (i.e. content teachers and other certified support staff) must complete the training. By 2017-18, in accordance with the new definitions in rule 281-60.2(280) in Chapter 60, all staff responsible for the LIEP service or supporting such services must be trained (e.g. paraprofessionals, instructional coaches).  It will be important for districts to take this into consideration when planning for future professional development within the district.

Attached is information to help educators access the standards training modules.  Please note:  only Modules 1-3 are live this year.  Modules 4-6 will be released in the fall of 2016.

I encourage you to look through the standards and view the training modules.

If you have questions, please contact Sherri Anderson at

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