The College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education (CCRSAE) are about WHAT to teach, not HOW. Teachers must bring them to life in the classroom.

A Teacher’s Guide to the CCRSAE for Level A and Level B Adult Learners, by John Strucker, EdD, will help teachers of adult learners at GLE 0-3.9 think about how they can implement the CCRSAE for ELA in real-world adult education classrooms, bridging the gap between the standards and instruction.

Some of the questions addressed include:

  • Based on research and experience, what do we know about Level A and Level B learners? What are their backgrounds, strengths and needs in reading, and the instructional methods that work best with them?
  • Based on Evidence-Based Reading Instruction (EBRI), what should be the instructional priorities for Level A and Level B learners?
  • Which CCR standards overlap with each other, and can therefore be combined in one lesson or activity?
  • What familiar classroom activities already address some of the standards?
  • What recommendations from the CCRSAE should teachers prioritize?


  1. Introduction / Overview
  2. Six Takeaways
  3. Descriptions, Supporting Research, and Implications for Teaching
  4. Development and Organization of the CCRSAE
  5. Annotated CCRSAE
  6. References

The guide is available as a Word doc and a PDF (updated February 2022):

Topic Area
CCRSAE (College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education)
ESOL/English Learners
Media Type
Resource Type
Research/Evidence-Based Practice
PD Center
SABES English Language Arts Curriculum & Instruction PD Center