Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

English Language Arts Standards and Courses

The Arkansas English Language Arts Standards represent the work of the educators from across the state. These documents include expectations for what all students should know and be able to do. The standards also include teacher notes, which will help all teachers across the state implement the new standards with fidelity. Full implementation of these standards began in the 2017-2018 school year. 

ELA Standards (Side-by-Side Documents)

The Arkansas English Language Arts Standards side-by-side documents, available as a PDF or a spreadsheet, are helpful companions to the single grade-level documents. They provide a view of a single standard across each row left to right and a view of all standards for a single grade level up and down a single column. The format is particularly useful when aligning curriculum and locating specific skills along the progression of learning. 
  • Arkansas English Language Arts Standards for Grades K-12 (PDF/XLSX)
  • Arkansas English Language Arts Standards for Grades K-5 (PDF/XLSX)
  • Arkansas English Language Arts Standards for Grades 6-12 (PDF/XLSX)

Grade Level Standards


A committee of Arkansas educators developed courses aligned to the Arkansas English Language Arts Standards.  As of July 1, 2017, these documents replace and supersede all previous English Language Arts courses.

11-12 ELA Courses

     English Literature

  • U.S. History Seminal Documents (PDF)
  • Cross-Cultural Literature (PDF)
  • Film as Literature (PDF)
  • Comparative Literature (PDF)


  • Business and Professional Communication (PDF)
  • Mass Communications (PDF)
  • Public Relations, Sales, and Marketing (PDF)

    Technical Professions

  • Reading and Writing for STEM (PDF)
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation (PDF)
  • Technical Reading and Writing for Trade and Industry (PDF)

     Additional Electives

Sample Template for Embedded Courses

For more information, please contact:

Amy Counts, Literacy/ELA Specialist
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Curriculum Support Services
Four Capitol Mall, Room 202-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-4311

State Standards

Learn more about the standards that define the knowledge and skills Arkansas students should have in order to be ready for college and careers.

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Licensure & Certification

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