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English Language Arts

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  • Overview

    The Department of K-12 Curriculum and Instruction is committed to the successful implementation of the Georgia Standards of Excellence. The DCSD English Language Arts curriculum promotes high expectations for teachers and students and results in meaningful student learning. The vision guiding these standards emphasizes that all students must have the opportunities and resources to develop the literacy skills they need to pursue life’s goals and to participate fully as informed, productive members of society. The English Language Arts Curriculum includes opportunities for students to complete engaging and authentic tasks that integrate reading, writing, speaking and listening.
    For more details, please see the DCSD K-8 Curriculum Connections Guides for Elementary School and Middle School, or the High School English Course Descriptions.


    Assessment is a crucial component of the English Language Arts curriculum. Periodic assessments are administered and are intended to measure student progress during units of study. Assessments provide data that indicates student progress toward mastery of the Georgia Standards of Excellence and provides schools with information to utilize interventions for students in need of focused support. Assessments include:

    • Quarterly district-wide benchmark assessments
    • The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) universal screener
    • Georgia Department of Education End of Course (EOC) and End of Grade (EOG) Milestones Assessments
    • Teacher-developed assessments
    • For additional information, please see the DCSD Assessment and Accountability page.


    The Department of K-12 Curriculum and Instruction distributes information on various contests and competitions for schools throughout the year. Yearly national, state, and local contents and competitions include: