• Curriculum Development for English and Language Arts (ELA)

    The Delaware State Standards for English and Language Arts define general, cross-disciplinary literacy expectations that must be met for students to be prepared to enter college and workforce training programs ready to succeed.  By emphasizing required outcomes, a great deal is left to the discretion of curriculum developers and teachers to determine how these outcomes should be reached.  Furthermore, while the standards make references to some particular forms of content, including mythology, foundational U.S. documents, and Shakespeare, they do not—indeed, cannot—enumerate all or even most of the content that students should learn.

    The Delaware State Standards for English and Language Arts must therefore be complemented by a well-developed, content-rich curriculum consistent with their defined expectations.

    (Delaware English, Language Arts Standards, Key Design Considerations)

     The State of Delaware does not mandate the use of any particular curriculum.  As always, local education agencies can select and/or develop their own materials;  however, curriculum must be aligned to the appropriate grade-level standards.  Guidance for evaluating, selecting, and creating instructional materials and curricula appear below.


    Stubbs Teachers with Students

Last Modified on May 4, 2021