Posted: Tue, 06/10/2014 - 1:37pm Updated: Tue, 03/31/2020 - 10:04am

ELA Standards Vertical Articulations   English/Language Arts Standards

Indiana Content Area Literacy Standards   ELA Standards Correlation Guides

K-5 Classroom Online Support Tools   Journalism, Mass Media, and Student Publications

Educator Resources   Parent Resources   Literacy   Content Connectors


The Indiana Academic Standards for English Language Arts are the result of a process designed to identify, evaluate, synthesize, and create the highest quality, rigorous standards for Indiana students. The standards are designed to ensure that all Indiana students, upon graduation, are prepared for both college and career opportunities. In alignment with Indiana’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan, the academic standards reflect the core belief that all students can achieve at a high level.

What are the Indiana Academic Standards?

The Indiana Academic Standards are designed to help educators, parents, students, and community members understand what students need to know and be able to do at each grade level, and within each content strand, in order to exit high school college and career ready. The academic standards should form the basis for strong Tier 1 instruction at each grade level and for each content area for all students, in alignment with Indiana’s vision for Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS). While the standards have identified the academic content or skills that Indiana students need to be prepared for both college and career, they are not an exhaustive list. Students require a wide range of physical, social, and emotional support to be successful. This leads to a second core belief outlined in Indiana’s ESSA plan that learning requires an emphasis on the whole child.

While the standards may be used as the basis for curriculum, the Indiana Academic Standards are not a curriculum. Curricular tools, including textbooks, are selected by the district/school and adopted through the local school board. However, a strong standards-based approach to instruction is encouraged, as most curricula will not align perfectly with the Indiana Academic Standards. Additionally, attention should be given at the district and school-level to the instructional sequence of the standards as well as to the length of time needed to teach each standard. Every standard has a unique place in the continuum of learning - omitting one will certainly create gaps - but each standard will not require the same amount of time and attention. A deep understanding of the vertical articulation of the standards will enable educators to make the best instructional decisions. The Indiana Academic Standards must also be complemented by robust, evidence-based instructional practices, geared to the development of the whole child. By utilizing well-chosen instructional practices, social-emotional competencies and employability skills can be developed in conjunction with the content standards.


Indiana Academic English Language Arts Standards



New 2020 PDF

New 2020 Word

2014 PDF

IAS Glossary Grades K-12 03/2020 - - PDF
Kindergarten 03/2020 PDF WORD PDF
Grade 1 03/2020 PDF WORD PDF
Grade 2 03/2020 PDF WORD PDF
Grade 3 03/2020 PDF WORD PDF
Grade 4 03/2020 PDF WORD PDF
Grade 5 03/2020 PDF WORD PDF
Grade 6 03/2020 PDF WORD PDF
Grade 7 03/2020 PDF WORD PDF
Grade 8 03/2020 PDF WORD PDF
Grades 9-10 03/2020 PDF WORD PDF
Grades 11-12 03/2020 PDF WORD PDF
Journalism Grades 9-12 03/2020 PDF WORD PDF



English/Language Arts Standards Vertical Articulations
The Vertical Articulation documents illustrate the significant connections between the standards across grade levels. Administrators and teachers are strongly encouraged to use these documents to facilitate cross-grade level discussions.
Title Updated Download
K-5 E/LA Vertical Articulation Chart 12/28/2017 PDF
6-12 E/LA Vertical Articulation Chart 12/28/2017 PDF



Indiana Content Area Literacy Standards
The standards provide guidance to content area teachers in grades 6-12 (e.g., History/Social Studies teachers, Science teachers, Career and Technical Education teachers, etc.) on expectations for integrating reading and writing skills into their daily instruction. 

Title Updated Download
History/Social Studies Content Area Literacy 09/13/2017 PDF
Science/Technical Studies Content Area Literacy 08/30/2017 PDF


English/Language Arts Standards Correlation Guides
This document provides guidance and illustrates the correlations between the Indiana Academic Standards (2014) and the previous standards; Indiana Academic Standards (2006) and Indiana Common Core State Standards (2010). Teachers are encouraged to use this document as an instructional support tool.

Title Updated Download
Glossary (K-12) 12/28/2017 PDF
Grade K 12/28/2017 PDF
Grade 1 12/28/2017 PDF
Grade 2 12/28/2017 PDF
Grade 3 12/28/2017 PDF
Grade 4 12/28/2017 PDF
Grade 5 12/28/2017 PDF
Grade 6 12/28/2017 PDF
Grade 7 12/28/2017 PDF
Grade 8 12/28/2017 PDF
Grade 9-10 12/28/2017 PDF
Grade 11-12 12/28/2017 PDF


Classroom Online Support Tools


Journalism, Mass Media, and Student Publications

Journalism, Mass Media, and Student Publications
Title Updated 2007/2008
Mass Media and Media Literacy 09/2008 Mass Media and Media Literacy Standards In Development (expected release 2020-2021)
Research in Journalism 09/2008 Research Standards for Journalism In Development (expected release 2020-2021)
Student Publications 09/2008 Student Publications Standards In Development (expected release 2020-2021)
High School Journalism 09/2007 High School Journalism Standards


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Parent Resources