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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 incr​​easingly 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 Eng​lish 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.​


  • ​​Status of the New Standards: The review of the Georgia Standards of Excellence for the English Language Arts has entered the working committee phase! These committees are composed of educators from around the state with a range of teaching experiences. Their work will be informed by a number of sources, including feedback from the Citizens Review Committee and the over 10 ,000 respondents to GaDOE's 2019 call for public review. You may access information about the standards review process here​, including a summary of the results of the public review. ​​
  • Rules and Guidance

    Official List of State Funded Courses for 2022-2023 

    • State-Funded Courses-SBOE Rule 160-4-2-20 Updated 4 /5/2022 
    • Summary of Changes List of State-Funded Courses Updated 4/5 /2022​

    Graduation Rule

    Instructional Resources

    Family Engagement Resources

     Contact Information

    Breanne Huston, Ph.D. 
    ELA/Literacy Program Manager
    Phone: (470) 510-7488

    Katrina Lyons
    Administrative Assistant
    Email: katrina.lyons@​

    Franeka Colley, Ed.S.
    Content Integration, Special Education Program Specialist

    Anisha Donald, Ed.S.
    Elementary ELA/Literacy Program Specialist

    Asha Jassani, M.Ed.
    English Learner Program Specialist

    Sarah Welch, Ed.S.
    Secondary ELA/Literacy Program Specialist

    General ELA Inquiries   
    Email: ela@do​e.k12​​

    Georgia Standards