Colorado - Content Standards: English Language Arts

English Language Arts
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Colorado updated the Reading, Writing, and Communicating standards in 2010. These standards are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.


The Reading, Writing, and Communicating standards invite students to use texts to better understand others’ experiences in the world and to command language in order to articulate their own perspective on the human experience. The standards intentionally reflect the read-write connection and the relationship between critically consuming texts to build knowledge and producing texts to convey knowledge.

In addition to standards in English Language Arts (ELA), the Common Core State Standards offer literacy expectations for history/social studies, science, and technical subjects. These expectations, beginning in grade 6 through grade 12, are intended to assist teachers in “use(ing) their content area expertise to help students meet the particular challenges of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language in their respective fields.” (Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects, page 3). These expectations are NOT meant to supplant academic standards in other content areas, but to be used as a literacy supplement.

Adopting Authority: 
State Board of Education
Implementing Authority: 
State Department of Education
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Review mandated
Review Period: 
Every six years