Ohio's Learning Standards for English Language Arts

Ohio educators, many of whom engage daily with Ohio students, drove the process to make improvements to Ohio’s Learning Standards for English Language Arts as part of a periodic review. In many cases, the changes reflect instruction already taking place in Ohio’s classrooms. The clarifications in the revised standards will guide districts in modifying, not replacing their existing local curriculum, instructional plans and materials. In addition to the information available now, we will be providing additional resources to help educators learn about, and begin using, the revised standards. 

Ohio's Learning Standards for English Language Arts (revised 2017)

In 2015-2016, Ohio embarked on an updating process resulting in revised standards that the State Board of Education adopted in February 2017. The 2018-2019 Ohio's State Tests will assess the content of the revised 2017 standards.

Appendices to the Standards

The updated appendices to the standards reflect the revisions adopted in 2017 for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects. Go to our Instructional Strategies page to find more information on text complexity, as described in Appendix A.

Appendix A

Appendix B

Appendix C

Research Supporting Key Elements of the Standards

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Text Exemplars and Sample Performance Tasks

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Samples of Student Writing


All documents in the table below are draft documents and will be updated within the next few weeks.
Grades K-12
English Language Arts Student Readiness Toolkit PowerPoint (Narrated version) Overview - Student Readiness Toolkit for English Language Arts
English Language Arts Student Readiness Gap Analysis Vertical Alignment
Model Curriculum Depth of Knowledge Resources for ELA

Using Passage Text Sets to Plan Instruction

  • Passage Text Sets - These documents contain the released passages and test items organized in text sets. The text sets are specific to a grade level and text type. Each text set contains literary or informational passages and the associated reading and writing test items. A link to the scoring guide is provided on the cover of each text set.
  • Passage Tracker - These documents contain grade-specific spreadsheets that identify the passage/passage set by text type (literary or informational). Each passage tracker identifies the reading and writing learning standards that are assessed by the test items associated with each of the passage/passage sets.


Vertical Alignments

These documents, represented by strand, show how the standards progress from kindergarten through grade 12 for each of the college and career readiness anchor standards.

Reading Literature | 
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Reading Informational |
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Reading Foundations |
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Writing |
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Speaking and Listening |
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Language |
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Additional Resources for Understanding Ohio’s English Language Arts Learning Standards

Last Modified: 4/23/2021 10:53:11 AM