Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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English Language Arts

The Arkansas English Language Arts Standards represent the work of the educators from across the state. These documents include expectations for what all students should know and be able to do. The standards also include teacher notes, which will help all teachers across the state implement the new standards with fidelity. Implementation of these standards may begin in the 2016-2017 school year with the expectation of full implementation in the 2017-2018 school year. 

Arkansas English Language Arts Standards (Valid July 15, 2016)

(Approved by State Board of Education on July 15, 2016)

K-12 ELA Standards (Side-by-Side Document)

The Arkansas English Language Arts Standards for grades K-12 document, available as a PDF or a spreadsheet, is a helpful companion to the single grade-level documents. It provides a K-12 view of a single standard across each row left to right and a view of all standards for a single grade level up and down a single column. The format is particularly useful when aligning curriculum and locating specific skills along the progression of learning. The color coding identifies which standards have been revised, clarified, and unchanged from the retiring version of the standards.

Grade Level Standards

Courses

A committee of Arkansas educators developed courses aligned to the Arkansas English Language Arts Standards.  As of July 1, 2017, these documents replace and supersede all previous English Language Arts courses.

English Language Arts Common Core State Standards and Appendices (Valid through June 30, 2017)

As of July 1, 2017, the Arkansas English Language Arts and Arkansas Disciplinary Literacy Standards will replace and supersede all previous English language arts and disciplinary literacy documents. Schools may use the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects in 2016-2017 as they transition toward full implementation of the new standards by 2017-2018. 

Courses (Valid through June 30, 2017)

A committee of Arkansas educators developed courses, which align to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects. These courses are valid through June 30, 2017, at which point they will be superseded by the courses aligned to the Arkansas English Language Arts Standards. 

For more information, please contact:

Sherri Thorne, English Language Arts Specialist
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Learning Services
Four Capitol Mall, Room 202-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-683-6285

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