Standards and Competencies
Common Core State Standards
The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy are designed to prepare all students for success in a 21st century world by requiring students to think critically and creatively, solve problems, and use their analytical skills. The standards also lay out a vision of what it means to be a literate person who is prepared for success in the 21st century. Students who meet the standards demonstrate independence by comprehending and evaluating complex texts with their peers, articulating their own ideas, and understanding how to seek the knowledge needed to complete their work. With the mastery of these standards students are able to stay engaged and open-minded while comprehending and critiquing their peers claims and assumptions. The Common Core standards allow students to employ technology thoughtfully to enhance their reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language use.