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
|To access 2014 Indiana Academic Standards follow 2014 English Language Arts|
Journalism, Digital Media, and Student Media
|Journalism, Digital Media, and Student Media|
|Digital Media and Digital Media Literacy||2020||WORD|
|High School Journalism||2018|
|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.|
|K-5 E/LA Vertical Articulation Chart||December 2020|
|6-12 E/LA Vertical Articulation Chart||December 2020|
|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.|
|History/Social Studies Content Area Literacy||07/22/2020|
|Science/Technical Studies Content Area Literacy||08/30/2017|
|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.|
- Assessment Information/Resources
- Content Framework Development Tool
- Global Journey for ELA - guidance for integrating global learning into ELA instruction
- Measurement of Text Complexity
- Sample Reading Lists by Genre and Grade Span