English Language Arts

The Tennessee state standards in English language arts (ELA) outline the reading, writing, language, speaking, listening, and research skills students will need to succeed in college and the workforce. With a renewed emphasis on the close reading of complex texts, especially literary nonfiction, our ELA standards require all students to graduate ready to read and respond to the academic and technical texts they will encounter throughout their adult lives.

Standards and Shifts
Standards define what students should understand and be able to do in their study of English language arts and reading.

Instructional Resources
Resources for teachers to engage students in higher levels of thinking and reasoning called for by the Tennessee state standards for English language arts.
  • Model units and tasks
  • Resources to support teachers in:
    • choosing complex texts,
    • writing and implementing unit plans aligned with the new standards and close reading tasks, and
    • writing text-dependent questions.
Assessment Resources
  • Assessment tasks that can be used for formal testing, incorporated into instruction, and/or to help students prepare for assessments
  • Scoring resources for the assessment tasks
  • Additional assessment resources
Assessment Information
  • Information about testing 

Response to Instruction and Intervention Framework
This three-tiered framework helps educators differentiate instruction as students need extra help. Tennessee schools are moving to this framework over the next several years.

Special Populations 
Educational standards describe what students should know and be able to do in each subject and in each grade. The Tennessee state standards define what students need to learn at each grade level. They provide a chance to improve access to quality content standards for students with disabilities and English Learners.

External Resources
Links to websites, videos, and blogs for more support in understanding Tennessee ELA standards.