• Common Core Standards for English and Language Arts (ELA)

    The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) establish guidelines for English language arts (ELA) as well as for literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects. Because students must learn to read, write, speak, listen, and use language effectively in a variety of content areas, the standards promote the literacy skills and concepts required for college and career readiness in multiple disciplines.

    The Common Core asks students to read stories and literature, as well as more complex texts that provide facts and background knowledge in areas such as science and social studies. Students will be challenged and asked questions that push them to refer back to what they’ve read. This stresses critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills that are required for success in college, career, and life.

  • Common Core Standards for ELA
    Supporting Materials
    • Appendix A
      Supplementary material on reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language, as well as a glossary of key terms. Also includes Text Complexity - New Research.
    • Appendix B
      Text exemplars illustrating the complexity, quality, and range of reading appropriate for various grade levels with accompanying sample performance tasks.
    • Appendix C
      Includes annotated samples demonstrating at least adequate performance in student writing at various grade levels.

    Council of the Great City Schools - The Council of the Great City Schools has designed this Common Core Works website to provide member districts quick access to reliable information, tools, and resources for implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics, and the Next Generation Science Standards. There are also a number of free resources available. 

    For more information on ELA Standards in Delaware, contact Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development at 302-735-4180.