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ANet is a nonprofit dedicated to the premise that every child in America deserves an excellent education and the opportunities it provides. We pursue our vision of educational equality in America by helping schools boost student learning with great teaching that is grounded in standards, informed by data, and built on the successful practices of educators around the country.

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.