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Ready Schools, Safe Learners Guidance and Resources

Provides guidance and resources for students, families, and district use during the 2020-2021 school year.

English Language Arts Overview

In June 2019, the State Board of Education adopted the Oregon English Language Arts and Literacy Standards, which represent K-12 learning expectations for students in English Language Arts. The Standards are the foundation English Language Arts classes that prepare students for the Oregon Diploma. They reflect the same high academic expectations for all students, and have embedded in them the Essential Skills of reading, writing, language usage, and speaking and listening.

Designing Learning for 2020-21: English Language Arts & Literacy

The purpose of this document is to provide subject-specific instructional resources for Oregon schools for the 2020-2021 school year. This document first addresses essential instructional content to help determine where to focus learning activities this school year. From there, considerations and resources are provided for navigating and managing instructional resources, practices, and assessment across delivery models. ​

CDL 2020-2021 Essential Instructional Content for English Language Arts/Literacy K-12 Overview

This document has been adapted for use by the Oregon Department of Education for Oregon educators. The following document contains information about essential English Language Arts and Literacy content for the 2020-2021 school year. This resource has been adapted based on Student Achievement Partner’s Priority Standards guidance. ​


ODE Condensed Priority Standards and Learning Progression Crosswalks

These resources are a condensed version of compiled guidance and recommendations from Student Achievement Partners, the Council of Great City Schools, and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.


ELA: Cycle of Learning 
A description of a cycle of learning, or routine for effective instruction that supports quality instruction and unfinished learning, is provided in the following resources. 


CDL Accelerated Learning Resources

The following resources provide national guidance and recommendations for accelerating learning during the 2020 – 2021 instructional year.

The Oregon English Language Arts Teacher Update is an e-newsletter that provides information about promising practices, professional development opportunities, useful links and ELA assessment information.

Guidance to School Districts - Addressing Challenged Materials in K-12 Education

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) fosters excellence for every learner and recognizes that academic success depends on a safe school environment that protects the rights of all students. As an organization, we value the freedoms protected under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. In a school setting, the freedom of speech and expression is applied to academic freedom, including the freedom to read a diverse set of materials that provide support and enrichment for the general educational and program goals.

Each year, teachers, librarians and schools across the country face challenges to books and other instructional materials for a variety of reasons: race, religion, sexuality, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental health, suicide, violence and others. It is important for districts to offer professional guidelines for the selection of reading materials.

This document provides guidance to school districts, administrators, educators, and parents when a challenge to instructional materials is presented.

For questions regarding the ODE English Language Arts program, email Tina Roberts or call 503-947-5603.

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