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The Common Core State Standards and English Learners: A Resource Page

These resources will help you understand how the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) affect preK–12 ESL teachers and their students.

The CCSS is an initiative in the United States launched by the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association in 2009 to develop common content standards for states to use in elementary and secondary education. The CCSS mathematics and English language arts standards were released in 2011 and implemented during the 2014–15 academic year.

Adoption of the CCSS is a voluntary, state-level decision. As of 2017, 42 states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity have adopted and implemented the CCSS. The latest federal K-12 legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act, further mandates that the adoption of any curriculum is a state-level decision, with no control from the U.S. Department of Education.

Please feel free to share these resources with your colleagues. If you would like to contribute a resource, please contact David Cutler, TESOL's director of advocacy and outreach.
  • The Preparation of the ESL Educator in the Era of College- and Career-Readiness Standards
    In September 2015, TESOL International Association convened a meeting of 28 ESL teachers, administrators, university faculty, and leaders in English learner education policy to discuss the role of English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers in the era of new content standards. This document provides an overview of the meeting findings and recommendations.
  • TESOL Press Common Core State Standards Book Series
    Books in this series, edited by Luciana C. de Oliveira, provide classroom teachers with practical ideas for engaging K–12 English learners and helping them to succeed with the Common Core (CCSS). The five books cover the CCSS in English language arts; mathematics; and literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects.