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English Language Arts

English Language Arts Learning Standards

This page includes links to the current (2011) New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards for English Language Arts, as well as previous State Learning Standards and core curriculum guidance materials. For the NYSED ELA Curriculum Modules, please see the Common Core Curriculum page on EngageNY.

Please note that in September 2017, the Board of Regents approved the New York State Next Generation Learning Standards for English Language Arts (2017), which will be rolled out over the next three years. A timeline for the rollout of the next standards is available on the Next Generation Learning Standards website.


Materials to Support Previously Adopted Standards   

English Language Arts Core Curriculum (2005)

2005 Core Curriculum Guide ( [PDF] , 1MB)

This English Language Arts Core Curriculum (2005) is a standards-based document that provides an additional level of specificity to the learning standards for English language arts adopted by the New York State Board of Regents in 1996. It respects the tradition of local choice in New York State that empowers educators to select texts, identify products, and use a rich array of instructional strategies and activities to meet student learning needs.

Learning Standards for English Language Arts (1996)

Standards  ( [PDF] , 71KB)
Student Work  ( [PDF] , 128KB)
HTML Version

NYS Office of Curriculum & Instruction curriculum materials aligned to the 1996 ELA Standards

The Preliminary Draft Framework  ( [PDF] , 225KB)
The Early Literacy Profile ( [PDF] , 552KB) 
The English Language Arts Resource Guide with Core Curriculum 1998 ( [PDF] , 620KB)

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