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Common Core State Standards ELA Evaluation Rubric

Ensure that your ELA program is aligned with the standards.

Effective implementation of the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies & Science is attainable through a curriculum that exhibits a high correlation with the individual standards and exemplifies the philosophy behind them. 

“The Standards must therefore be complemented by a well-developed, content-rich curriculum consistent with the expectations laid out in this document.” (CCSS, p.6).

A well aligned program will demonstrate:

  • An integrated model of literacy that reflects the developmental nature of language and the interrelation of all aspects of literacy. 
  • Focused and coherent instruction and assessment.
  • Significant scaffolding in early grades, that gradually and progressively decreases across the grades to foster literacy independence. 
  • Exposure to both fiction and nonfiction texts over the course of the year so that by Grade 4, fifty percent of texts are information/explanatory texts and fifty percent of texts are fiction. 
  • Exposure to knowledge about different cultures and perspectives. 
  • Instruction and materials designed to teach students to be discerning readers who use higher-level thinking skills and adapt their communication skills in relation to audience, task, purpose, and discipline.
  • Attention to the needs of English language learners and special needs students. 

As you evaluate a language arts curriculum, use our evaluation rubric to ensure the spirit of the standards are truly aligned.