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English Language Arts

The Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts (ELA) outline the reading, writing, language, speaking, listening, and research skills students will need to succeed in college and the workforce. With a renewed emphasis on the close reading of complex texts, especially literary nonfiction, the Common Core State Standards for ELA require all students to graduate ready to read and respond to the academic and technical texts they will encounter throughout their adult lives.

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Response to instruction and Intervention initiative

The Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI2) Initiative is a 3-Tier framework that promotes recommended practices for an integrated system connecting General and Special Education by the use of high-quality, scientifically research-based instruction and intervention. The Guidelines for grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-12 in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics provide a summary and overarching view of instruction and intervention. The RTI2 Manual provides more detailed information on the 3-Tier framework.