Language Standards

The College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education’s six Language anchor standards focus on understanding and applying grammar and mechanics; acquiring and using vocabulary, including academic and technical vocabulary when appropriate; analyzing nuance and style in written and spoken language; and making purposeful choices in their own language use.

The language standards should not be taught in isolation but should support learners in developing and applying their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Learners should be supported in practicing their language skills while engaging with the English language arts/literacy CCRS key shifts: regular practice with complex text and its academic language; reading, writing, and speaking grounded in skill evidence from text; and building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction.

To learn more about the CCR Reading standards, use the menu on the left to choose an anchor standard and then select a skill level.* You’ll find:

  • the complete text of the selected anchor standard,
  • the specific, leveled standards,
  • teacher notes that help to explain the language of the standards and outline instructional considerations,
  • a summary description and link to one or more sample activities targeting the selected standard and incorporating Virginia workforce readiness skills,
  • a list of assessment targets from the GED® Reasoning through Language Arts test that align with the selected standard, and
  • a list of websites and other resources with information or activities relevant to teaching the selected standard.

You will also find links to classroom-ready activities in the right sidebar after you’ve selected a standard and level. To skip the supporting materials and go straight to the ELA Activities bank or use the Search Activities feature in the left menu.

*A note about skill level: The CCRS ELA standards show the progression of each skill from the foundational to the college-ready level. Each overarching anchor skill is broken down into 5 grade-level groupings that correspond to adult education NRS Educational functional levels: A (K-1, Beginning Adult Basic Education Literacy), B (2-3, Beginning Basic Education), C (4-5, Low Intermediate Basic Education), D (6-8, High Intermediate Basic Education), and E (9-12, Low Adult Secondary and High Adult Secondary Education). For ease of use, especially in multilevel classrooms, the ELA curriculum frameworks are grouped in three levels: A/B, C/D, and E. Many of the activities included can be simply adapted for lower or higher levels.