English Language Learners
The Spanish Language Arts (SLA) Standards were adopted by the Illinois State Board of Education in 2005. They were developed by teachers and administrators with extensive experience to guide their work. The importance of the Spanish Standards is that they provide important guidelines for students who will benefit from learning in their native language while they develop English language proficiency. A foundation in the native language has proven to help students develop English more quickly and to a level that is much stronger than when the foundation has not been established. High levels of knowledge and skills in two languages also lead to bilingualism which is an asset to the individual and to our society.
WIDA Can-Do Descriptors