Limited English Proficiency (Approved August 21, 2008)

Rules Governing Thoroughness ( IDAHO CONTENT STANDARDS

English Language Development (ELD) standards describe what English learners know and can do as they develop English language skills and acquire the academic concepts and skills to be able to achieve the state’s rigorous language arts standards.  The standards show the gradual progression through five ELD levels, starting with a student who has no knowledge of English and begins to acquire skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing at benchmark stages until reaching English fluency.  ELD standards are the on-ramp to language arts standards and were developed with achievement of the language arts standards as the ultimate objective.  Some ELD standards at the Early Fluent and Fluent levels contain wording similar to the Language Arts standards, reflecting this very goal.