English Language Arts (ELA) & Literacy
Reading, writing, listening, and speaking—all language-based competencies included in English Language Arts—have become prerequisites for participation in nearly every aspect of day-to-day, 21st century life. While there was a time when basic literacy skills provided a clear path forward, today's students need to develop an increasingly complex set of advanced literacy skills and competencies in order to access social and economic opportunities, find and use information, and meet personal goals. All students in New York State classrooms must develop advanced literacies to enable communication, spoken and written, in increasingly diverse ways and with increasingly diverse audiences. New York State's English Language Arts and Literacy Standards, as well as the Lifelong Practices of Readers and Writers, include the skills and competencies needed for students to be effective communicators.
The NYSED English Language Arts and Literacy webpage includes resources and information to support P-12 standards-based English Language Arts and Literacy curriculum and instruction. This page highlights the English Language Arts and Literacy Learning Standards, curriculum resources, frequently asked questions, and assessment information.