The Common Core Standards (English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects) set requirements not only for English language arts (ELA) but also for literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects. Just as students must learn to read, write, speak, listen, and use language effectively in a variety of content areas, so too must the Standards specify the literacy skills and understandings required for college and career readiness in multiple disciplines. Students who meet the Standards develop the skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening that are the foundation for any creative and purposeful expression in language. (CCSS ELA/L p. 3)
The purpose of the Vermont State Literacy plan is to provide a resource for developing statewide policy and projects, grants, local curricula, assessment plans, professional development programs, as well as literacy leadership initiatives. In preparing this document, we sought input from a variety of stakeholders to ensure a balance of perspectives and points of view.