The historically marginalized but fastest growing sector of school-aged children—those who come from non-English-speaking backgrounds—are brought closer to the educational mainstream by national standards that set high expectations for these students' command of English and for their overall academic achievement.
TESOL's PreK–12 English Language Proficiency Standards
, published in 2006, represent a starting point for developing effective and equitable education for ESOL students. These standards were developed to complement the discipline-specific standards created by other professional associations and groups.
The ESL standards were developed through a collaborative process involving hundreds of ESL teachers, researchers, administrators, and language specialists, the standards will provide national coherence for students and the educators who serve them.