English Language Arts

Key Points in English Language Arts

Today, we have different standards in every state and we need a common core of state standards to ensure all students, no matter where they live, are prepared for success in college and work. Building on the excellent foundation of standards states have laid, these standards are the first step in providing our young people with a high‐quality education. It should be clear to every student, parent, and teacher what the standards of success are in every school.

Teachers, parents and community leaders have all weighed in to create the common core state standards. The draft K‐12 Common Core State Standards are a breakthrough in focus and coherence. They allow students to understand what is expected of them and to become progressively more proficient in understanding and using English and Language Arts. At the same time, teachers will be better equipped to know exactly what they need to help students learn and establish individualized benchmarks for them. The common core draft standards focus on core conceptual understandings and procedures starting in the early grades, thus enabling teachers to take the time needed to teach core concepts and procedures well ‐‐ and to give students the opportunity to really master them.

With students, parents and teachers all on the same page and working together for shared goals, we can ensure that students make progress each year and graduate from school prepared to succeed and build a strong future for themselves and the country.


  • Research Supporting Key Elements of the Standards
  • Glossary of Key Terms
  • Text Exemplars
  • Sample Performance Tasks
  • Samples of Student Writing
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