Leveraging vertical progressions
vertical alignment of the standards
The anchor standards offer a big-picture view of what students need to know and be able to do for each strand in ELA: reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language. Grade-level standards offer additional specificity, telling us what students need to know and be able to do at each grade, related to the anchor standard. These incremental steps create a ladder of learning that helps teachers pinpoint grade-level expectations and make connections across grades. This combination of broad and more narrow expectations helps us form a complete picture of what we want students to understand, know, and be able to do when it comes to literacy.