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English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards

The English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards were adopted by Nebraska in December 2013. Please plan to become familiar with them and start implementing them in the school year 2014-15—with full implementation in school year 2015-16. For assistance in understanding and planning for the new standards, check the list of trainers for someone in your district or consortia who will be able to assist you.

ELP Standards September 2014 (pdf)

Standards Alignment Resources

Content Standards_ELP Standards Alignment

English Language Art_English Language Proficiency Alignment:  In May 2017, the Nebraska Department of Education conducted a state-wide standards alignment of the NE English Language Art (ELA) and NE English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards.  This process led to a document of alignment materials and resources for ELA teachers in all grades understand English language proficiency levels and determine appropriate supports for learners at all levels.   The first document contains all the information about the alignment process, information about supporting English Learners in the content classroom, and proficiency levels of ELs.  Following the document are sample lessons that include supports for English Learners.  Get the entire document by clicking on  NDE ELA_ELP Alignment Document

YouTube - Supporting English Learners in English Language ArtsWebinar for Supporting English Learners in English Language Arts

Webinar Viewing Companion Guide

For the entire set of lessons click here. For individual lessons with EL supports, click on the grade band below of the lesson you are looking for:

Reading Comprehension Lessons by Grade band


Teacher Strategy

Grade band

LA 10.1.6.a

Close Reading

K12-34-5, 6-89-12

LA 10.1.6.d

Something Happened, But, So


LA 10.1.6.i



Writing Lessons by Grade band


Teacher Strategy

Grade band

LA 10.2.1.b

Writing Organizer


LA 10.2.1.d

Accordion Paragraphing


LA 10.2.2.e

Sentence Imitation

2-3,  4-56-89-12

Reciprocal Communication Lessons by Grade band


Teacher Strategy

Grade band

LA 10.3.3.c

Four Corners


LA 10.3.3.d


2-3,  4-56-89-12

District ELP Standards_Curriculum Alignment

Districts should determine a process for aligning their curriculum with the ELP standards.  A few considerations when going through this process:

  • The ELP standards were designed for collaborative use by both ELL and content teachers.

  • A group of teachers (both ELL and content teachers) should be at the table when working through the alignment.

  • Districts may use or adapt the process that is already in place for other curriculum alignment.

Once determining an alignment process, documenting the process is important.  Below is a sample ELP Standards Alignment Process Checklist.  This could be used to document the process of aligning a district’s ELL curriculum to the ELP standards.  It is meant to be customized to meet district needs.

ELP Standards Alignment Process Checklist