English Language Arts Education

2014 English Language Arts Standards

Nebraska’s College and Career Ready Standards for English Language Arts

Adopted by the State Board of Education on September 5, 2014

2014 ELA Standards (vertical) (pdf)

2014 ELA Standards (horizontal) (pdf)

2014 ELA Standards Glossary

An Overview of ELA Standards:

Standards establish what students should know and be able to do by the end of a specified grade level. English Language Arts (ELA) standards are created and revised by stakeholders across the state, and are adopted by the Nebraska State Board of Education at the end of a 7-year cycle. The standards challenge students to develop the essential literacy skills needed to succeed in college, career, and life. They cover a broad array of core knowledge and  proficiencies in areas such as reading, writing, and listening and speaking. For more information, please download the FAQs for 2014 ELA Standards

Nebraska’s standards are organized with three levels of specificity:

  • K-12 Comprehensive Statements – Identify broad, general statements that are not grade-level specific and cover big ides in English Language Arts (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Multiple Literacies.)
  • Grade-Level Expectations – Statements that identify what students should know and be able to do by the end of each identified grade/band. These are organized into categories, but not course specific.
  • Curricular Indicators – Specific information to distinguish expectations between grade levels. They are no longer simply examples, but are considered an integral part of the standard to be taught.

Nebraska has historically been a local control state with no mandated curriculum or textbooks. The standards are not meant to be a curriculum. Rather, districts are expected to align their local curriculum to the Nebraska Standards to add more specificity. Nebraska’s draft standards are written using verbiage that describes the knowledge and skills students are expected to master at the various grade levels rather than using performance expectation language. Districts also have the choice to adopt their own standards only if they are more rigorous than the state standards.

The numbering system is illustrated in this graphic:

Explanation of ELA Standards and Indicator

What’s New?

Nebraska READS Brochure

The Nebraska Writing Project – 2019 Summer Institutes

Nebraska READS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Newly revised Range Achievement Level Descriptors (ALDs) for the Nebraska Student Centered Assessment System (NSCAS) are now available. ALDs demonstrate how skills described in the Nebraska College and Career Ready (CCR) Standards change and become more sophisticated as ability and performance increases. The ALDs also describe the evidence needed to help infer where a student is along the range.

NSCAS ELA Achievement Level Descriptors

Key Instructional Shifts for Quality Implementation CCR Standards

Summer Learning Programs

Promoting Literacy: 

       Seven Research Based Ways Families Promote Literacy PDF

     SPANISH Seven Research Based Ways Families Promote Literacy PDF

2017-2018 Releases:

Student Friendly Standards Spanish and English (pdfs at each grade level)

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Updated December 20, 2019 2:57pm