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 English Language Arts Program

As a natural outgrowth of meeting the charge to define college and career readiness, the CCGPS for English Language Arts lays out a vision of what it means to be a literate person in the 21st century. Indeed, the skills and understandings students are expected to demonstrate have wide applicability outside the classroom or workplace. Students who meet the standards readily undertake the close, attentive reading that is at the heart of understanding and enjoying complex works of literature. They habitually perform the critical reading necessary to pick carefully through the staggering amount of information available today in print and in digital format. They actively seek the wide, deep, and thoughtful engagement with high-quality literary and informational texts that builds knowledge, enlarges experience, and broadens worldviews. Students who meet the standards develop the skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening that are the foundation for any creative and purposeful expression in language. 

2014 Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition

The Georgia Council of Teachers of English (GCTE) will be facilitating the Young Georgia Author's contest again this year 2013-2014.  Information will be posted on the GCTE Website.  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


The CCGPS are a benchmarked set of performance standards for English language arts and literacy. The standards establish a staircase of increasing complexity in what students must be able to read and write so that all students are ready for the demands of college and career level communication no later than the end of high school. Students read a diverse array of classic and contemporary literature as well as challenging informational texts in a range of subjects. The standards mandate certain critical types of content for all students, including classic myths and stories from around the world, foundational U.S. documents, seminal works of American literature, and the writings of Shakespeare. The ability to write logical arguments based on substantive claims, sound reasoning, and relevant evidence is a cornerstone of the writing standards, with opinion writing - a basic form of argument - extending down into the earliest grades.

The standards require that students gain, evaluate, and present increasingly complex information, ideas and evidence through listening and speaking as well as through media. The standards help prepare students for real life experience at college and in 21st century careers. 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.


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Carolyn Waters
ELA Program Manager
Phone: (404) 463-1933



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