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two and one-half to five and one-half years, need to process and produce in continued from page 61 order to succeed in meeting performance benchmarks or indicators within states’ ELS. Because of the corresponcretely connect the linguistic variations dence with states’ ELS, it is possible and needs of young dual language learnto easily integrate the EELD standards ers across all content areas of standardswithin standards-based based curricula and assesscurriculum when inments. As such, language Language standards provide a means for helping to close structing and assessing standards provide a means the gap that currently exists in delivering accurate and dual language learners for helping to close the gap in a variety of early care relevant instruction and assessment to young dual that currently exists in delivand education program ering accurate and relevant language learners at varying levels of English language settings including Head instruction and assessment development within standards-based curriculum. Start, Child Care, Preto young dual language school, and 4 Year-Old learners at varying levels of Kindergarten. It is hoped English language development within that WIDA’s EELD standards frame• Science standards-based curriculum. work serves an important first step in • Social Studies WIDA’s Response to Growing Need filling the gap that currently exists for • Physical Development delivering culturally and linguistically for Supporting and Assessing The language of “Approaches to responsive and relevant standards-based Young Dual Language Learners Learning” is incorporated throughout instruction and assessment for young WIDA has created six Early English the six EELD standards (see figure 1 on dual language learners. Language Development (EELD) stanprevious page). dards which correspond to the major diFor more information please refer to WIDA’s The EELD standards framework mensions of development and learning Early English Language Development Standards describes the social and academic lanrecommended by NEGP and NAEYC webpage athttp://wida.us/standards/eeld.aspx. guage that dual language learners, ages

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and which have been adopted by states to varying degrees in their ELS. These EELD standards include “the language of …”: • Social-Emotional Development • Early Language and Literacy • Mathematics

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