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Minnesota ABE Content Standards

As part of our transition to a standards-based system and in order to comply with WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) requirements, Minnesota has adopted the College & Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRS), along with the ACES Transitions Integration Framework (TIF) and the Northstar Digital Literacy Standards, as our content standards for ABE. (Visit https://www.digitalliteracyassessment.org/ for more information on Northstar.)

 

As seen in the visual above, the business of Adult Basic Education is helping students attain basic skills, professional/soft skills, and digital literacy skills in order to transition into whatever is next for them. This is the “what” of instruction in ABE.

All of these skills are taught against a backdrop (here in blue) of content, the subject matter being taught. This backdrop might be life skills, if teachers are working with new arrivals to the US for example, or it may be occupational in nature, or focused on science or social studies if preparing students for GED or a secondary diploma. Content might also include civics, citizenship, or family literacy, depending on the program and context.

CCRS for Adult Education

The College & Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRS) is the document that lays out the standards for English Language Arts/Literacy, Math, and Foundational Reading Skills. It forms the foundation of the CCRS Implementation Cohort, a year-long MN ABE professional development activity that prepares program teams to align curriculum and instruction to the CCR Standards and develop a long-term standards implementation plan for their program (see more information below).

The CCRS document itself is divided into two sections:

  • English Language Arts and Literacy (ELA): found on pages 9-43
  • Mathematics: found on pages 44-84

Workshops

CCRS Foundations Workshops

These face-to-face workshops engage participants in a guided exploration of the CCR standards for ELA (English Language Arts/Literacy) or Mathematics.

These workshops meet the prerequisite requirement for several MN ABE professional development activities, including the CCRS Implementation Cohort and Adult Diploma Training.

Online Courses

CCRS Foundations Online Course

This free online Schoology course provides an introduction to the CCR standards for English Language Arts/Literacy or Mathematics in a self-paced format. Participants can complete the entire course for ELA and/or Mathematics, or access specific topics for a refresher or further practice.

This course meets the prerequisite requirement for several MN ABE professional development activities, including the CCRS Implementation Cohort.

Cohorts

CCRS Implementation Cohort

The CCRS Implementation Cohort is a year-long, intensive professional development activity. It prepares program teams to align curriculum and instruction to the CCR standards, develop a long-term standards implementation plan for their program, and, ultimately, improve learning outcomes for students. Participation in the cohort is done at the program level; individuals do not apply, but rather their programs do.

Content Standards Integration (CSI) Cohort

The Content Standards Integration (CSI) Cohort is a 4-month professional development activity designed to help instructors build confidence and familiarity with integrating all three sets of MN ABE Content Standards into their curriculum and instruction. Unlike the CCRS Implementation Cohort, for which programs apply, individuals may apply to participate in CSI.

New CCR Standards Resources

Showing Evidence Using Academic Language with Low Literacy Learners

Participants in this workout practice scaffolding a lesson in which literacy level learners can use academic language to show evidence in a text.

Evaluating Free Text Resources

Participants in this workout evaluate a free online text resource for alignment to the ELA shifts of complexity, evidence and knowledge.

Matching Readers with Texts and Tasks

Participants review how to interpret quantitative Lexile or ATOS scores of text complexity and apply text complexity measures to classroom situations to aid in choosing texts and activities.
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