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English Language Arts

The Office of English Language Arts (ELA), as part of the Office of Elementary Education and Reading and the Office of Secondary Education, is responsible for providing support to teachers and schools throughout the state in the implementation of Mississippi’s College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) for English Language Arts. The staff in the Office of English Language Arts develops resources for teachers, delivers statewide and school-based professional development, and supports schools in the alignment of curriculum, instruction, and assessment.


Instructional Planning Guides for English Language Arts K-12


Professional Development Services

In an effort to support English Language Arts instructors throughout the state, professional development is available in various platforms.


Curriculum and Planning

  • ELA Vertical Progression Document: This document provides a visual representation of standards alignment for each year to inform planning and instruction.
  • MS CCRS Scaffolding Documents: These documents will aid teachers’ understanding of how to teach the standards through a natural progression of student mastery.
  • EdReports: This free resource offers reviews of K-12 instructional materials with a focus on standards alignment and other indicators of high quality as recommended by educators across the country.
  • Qualitative Rubrics for Measuring Text Complexity: This quick reference chart will assist in evaluating informational and literary texts to make sure the desired rigor is reached.


English Language Arts Online Learning

Additional Resources and ELA Communities


Stay Informed MS ELA Educators Listserv



Natalie Crowder

K-12 English Language Arts (ELA) Director