English Language Arts/Literacy

“Acquiring literacy is an empowering process, enabling millions to enjoy access to knowledge and information which broadens horizons, increases opportunities and creates alternatives for building a better life.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ~ Kofi Annan

As per the Education Quality Standards (EQS), Vermont uses the Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy as laid out by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The CCSS breaks literacy skills down into the following areas:

  • Reading (key ideas and details; craft and structure; integration of knowledge and ideas; and range of reading and level of text complexity)
  • Writing (text types and purposes; production and distribution of writing; research to build and present knowledge; and range of knowledge)
  • Speaking and Listening (comprehension and collaboration; and presentation of knowledge and ideas)
  • Language (conventions of standard English; knowledge of language; and vocabulary acquisition and use)

Each of these College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards is further broken down into grade level strands. Recognizing the importance of building literacy across the curriculum, the CCSS also outlines literacy skills in history, social studies, science, and technical subjects. 

Students who become proficient in the CCSS for English Language Arts and Literacy develop the literacy skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college, career, and life. In addition, Vermont is moving towards proficiency-based learning, with the goal of identifying and addressing gaps to provide equitable learning opportunities for every student.

Professional Learning and Resources

 English Language Arts


Performance Tasks & Assessment

Proficiency-Based Learning

Sources for Further Reading


Email Emily Leute or call (802) 828-6598.

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