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English Learners & CCRS

CCRS and the Reading Foundational Skills

In Minnesota ABE’s 2016 Professional Development (PD) Survey, a number of respondents wondered if the College & Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) for English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) address the reading needs of students at lower levels. 

The document below describes Minnesota's combination of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) + CCRS Reading Foundational Skills 1-4, at Levels K-5. The result is a complete and clear sequence for teaching alphabetics and fluency to adult readers at Beginning and Intermediate levels. ​Reading research and practice recommend balanced literacy instruction – emphasizing BOTH print and meaning-making skills.


CCRS for Adult ESL - Resources

This handout compiled by CASAS in 2014 provides links to resources related to CCRS and Adult ESL, as well as a handy list of acronyms.


Text Dependent Question Stems & Frames to Reach CCRS Reading Anchors (Levels A-B)

Close reading and employing evidence to support a claim are tenets of the CCRS standards, and these skills help our students to read more effectively, think critically, and build strong arguments bgrounded in text. When it comes to accessing complex text, good text-dependent questions (TDQs) are a teacher's best friend! But how can we ask TDQs at lower levels, when students' English language and literacy is still emerging? This handout offers a range of question stems and TDQ ideas for teachers at low-levels (CCRS A & B).