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 English Language Arts Program


English Language Arts Georgia Standards of Excellence 

The Georgia Standards of Excellence require that students gain, evaluate, and present increasingly complex information, ideas and evidence through listening and speaking as well as through media. The standards recognize that students must be able to use formal English in their writing and speaking but that they must also be able to make informed, skillful choices among the many ways to express themselves through language. It is important to note the impact of the standards on classroom instruction: building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction; reading, writing and speaking grounded in evidence from the text, both literary and informational; and regular practice with complex text and its academic language.

Resources and Professional Learning

  • For English Language Arts resources and professional learning opportunities, visit the ELA page on GeorgiaStandards.Org.
  • For K - 5 content information, email Dr. Cassandra Matthews at ELA/Literacy Program Specialist.
  • Grades 6 - 12 content information, email Stephanie Sanders, ELA/Literacy Program Manager, at
  • Join the ELA mailing list to receive updates from the English Language Arts program; please send an email with no message to the appropriate email address listed here:
English Language Arts K - 5

English Language Arts 6 - 8

English Language Arts 9 - 12

English Language Arts RESA Support

English Language Arts Administrators

English Language Arts District Support

Suggested Websites for Teachers

Information for Parents and Students

Information for Administrators, Counselors, and Educators 

English Language Arts  Testing and Assessment Resources

Georgia Milestones EOG Resources

Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition

The Georgia Council of Teachers of English (GCTE) will facilitate the Young Georgia Authors contest again this 2016-17 school year.  Information will be posted on the GCTE Website soon.  The GaDOE will also include communication on the ELA Program page as soon as updated GCTE Guidelines are posted.
Please contact Kathleen McKenzie, President of Georgia Council of Teachers of English (GCTE) for information about Young Georgia Authors at



 Contact Information


Stephanie Sanders
ELA/Literacy Program Manager
Phone: 404-657-9811

Dr. Cassandra Matthews
ELA/Literacy Program Specialist
Phone: 404-463-1765

Georgia Standards


 English Language Arts Links