English Language Arts
On June 2, 2010, North Carolina adopted the most recent K-12 English Language Arts (ELA) Standards. With this adoption, the standards became part of the North Carolina Standard Course of Study (NCSCoS).
The ELA Standards are based on research and evidence that describe the competencies necessary for all students to become college and career ready by the end of high school, outlining a vision of what it means to be a literate person in the 21st Century
Anchor Standards: The College and Career Ready (CCR) Anchor Standards offer general, cross disciplinary literacy expectations.
Grade-Specific Standards: The K-12 Grade-specific standards have a one-to-one correspondence with the College and Career Ready Anchor Standards. They provide end of the year expectations.
Individual grade levels are used K-8 to provide necessary specificity. Two-year grade bands are used in grades 9-12.
The ELA Standards are organized into four strands:
- Reading (Informational and Literary)
- Includes Reading Foundational Skills for K-5 students
- Speaking and Listening
Though the standards are divided into strands, the standards support an integrated model of literacy.
Instructional Support Tools
- English Language Arts Unpacking Standards
- English Language Arts Crosswalks
- ELA Progression View
This interactive resource provides the viewer with the progression of the K-12 ELA Standards. It allows the user to choose the strand and range to narrow or widen the scope to focus attention on the standards needing review. This is a helpful tool for educators interested in seeing at a glance grade-by-grade expectations for students.