Washington English Language Proficiency (ELP) Descriptors and Standards
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Washington English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards
With Correspondences to K-12 Practices and Common Core State Standards

The new ELP standards focus on the critical language, knowledge about language, and language skills present in college-and-career-ready standards. These skills are essential for English language learners (ELLs) as they work toward academic success. Look for correspondences to the practices and standards identified in the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

  • Developed by the ELPA21 Consortium, the ELP standards support teachers as they prepare students for college and career. Find out more about the ELP standards and the consortium ― ELPA21.

Download, Print or View Complete ELP Standards
English Language Proficiency Standards with Correspondences (April 2014) (PDF/273 pages) (Word)

Standards by Grade Span
Practices Linked to Each Standard by Grade Level
We have divided the ELP standards into teacher-friendly sections that make it easy to navigate by grade span and content-area correspondences. Newly added to these sections, each grade level is introduced by a hyperlinked Practices Matrix that identifies correspondences to ELA, Mathematics, and Science practices.
Introduction and Overview (PDF/48 pages) | Professional Development

Grades K-5

Grades 6-8

Grades 9-12

Professional Development
ELPA21 members are working with Understanding Language and 16 teachers, eight of whom are from Washington, to develop high quality professional development designed to help teachers use the ELP standards. At completion, there will be six self-paced online modules.

Here is a sampling of topics relevant to ELL and non-ELL teachers.

  • ELP standards implementation
  • English language application
  • How students understand language and content

Two Modules Available Now
Module 1Overview

  • Introduces the new ELP standards.
  • Helps educators make the connection to college- and career-ready standards.
  • Unpacks and organizes ELP resources so that teachers can expand and improve their ability to support English language learners.
  • Encourages and promotes communication and collaboration between ELL and content-area teachers.

Module 2Inquiry-based Task Analysis

  1. How can a teacher analyze instructional tasks in ways that help them understand the content knowledge, analytical skills and language proficiencies students are expected to demonstrate?
  2. What does task analysis reveal about the demands of student tasks relative to college- and career-ready standards and language use?
  3. Our many, many thanks to the teachers who supported the development of Module 2. Their expertise and dedication to great teaching and lifelong learning increased the depth and value of this professional learning experience immeasurably. Thank you — Inna Hanson, Spokane Public Schools, Leslie Hartley, Sumner School District, Jamie Romberg, Clover Park School District, and Grace Waylen, Shoreline School District

Module 3English Language Proficiency Standards
Educators will be able to:

  • Analyze and reflect on instructional tasks (from various grade levels and subject areas) through the process of identifying the relevant disciplinary practices and ELP standards
  • Understand the what, why, and how of utilizing the ELP standards in planning and instruction










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