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Invitation for Comment on Refreshed National Standards for Learning Languages

2013-10-08 10:01
You are invited to provide comments to help “refresh” our national standards: World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages.  On behalf of the Standards Collaborative Board, ACTFL is facilitating the process to update our common national standards.  The attached document reflects the current educational landscape, including Common Core State Standards, College and Career Readiness, 21st century skills, as well as what language educators have learned from more than 15 years of implementing the Standards.
The 2011 report, A Decade of Foreign Language Standards: Impact, Influence, and Future Directions, provided evidence of and support for the following concepts which influenced these proposed revisions:
·       The National Standards are influencing language learning from elementary, through secondary, to postsecondary levels
·       The integrated nature of the five goals areas has been accepted by the profession
·       Educators expressed lack of understanding of what is meant by Connections and Communities
·       Over 40 states have used the five goal areas to create state standards for learning languages (identifiable even if configured in slightly different ways);
·       Some state documents are beginning to describe cultural outcomes in terms of processes of observation and experience
·       Many local curricula are also aligned with the five goal areas
Based on this consensus from all levels of language educators, the five goal areas and the eleven standards have been maintained.  The proposed revisions seek to clarify and better illustrate each goal area and standard in order to guide implementation and influence assessment, curriculum, and instruction.
To access the refreshed version of the Standards, annotations explaining the rationale for the suggested revisions, and the online feedback form, go to http://www.actfl.org/publications/all/national-standards-foreign-language-education/refreshed-world-readiness-standards  You may provide general/overarching feedback as well as more specific comments under each goal area.  The deadline for feedback and comments is October 25, 2013.  Thank you for taking time to provide your input.
Paul Sandrock
Director of Education
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
Main: (703) 894-2900, ext. 131 |  E-Mail: psandrock@actfl.org
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