Successful implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in the Southwest region demands attention to English language learners. The overall goal for this event was for state education agency teams to gain the latest information about CCSS national work, critical components for an implementation plan, and the implications of CCSS for English language learners, including what research says about the most effective strategies for teaching and assessing ELL students. The event provided Southwest states (Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah) further opportunity to develop a community of practice that addresses common issues in meeting the needs of ELL students in standards and assessment at the beginning of planning for implementation of the Common Core Standards.


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Meg Livingston Asensio

(415) 615-3196

Transition to Common Core State Standards: Implications for English Language Learners

September 08, 2011 - September 09, 2011

Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort

Santa Ana Pueblo [Albuquerque], New Mexico

Goals for participants were to:

  • Understand the most current research on the implications of the Common Core State Standards for English language learners, as well as an update on recent research about the characteristics of English language learners in the Southwest region states.
  • Discuss and share concerns, major successes, and solutions they have created to address challenges of CCSS implementation efforts to date, through presentations and cross-state dialogue.
  • Work in state teams to develop and share State Action Plans for CCSS implementation, with attention to special population students, particularly English language learners.

Keynote Speakers: 

  • Edynn Sato, Director, Special Populations, Assessment and Accountability Comprehensive Center; and Director, Research and ELL Assessment, Assessment and Standards Development Services, WestEd
  • Eric Haas, Senior Research Associate, REL West at WestEd

Representatives of each state team participated in panel discussions that included the status of state transition plans, successes and challenges, and progress made on state plans during team working sessions.

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