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Content Standards:
English Language Arts

The South Dakota state standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects (“the Standards”) are the culmination of an extended, broad-based effort to fulfill the charge issued by the states to create the next generation of K–12 standards in order to help ensure that all students are college and career ready in literacy no later than the end of high school. The standards are tailored specifically to meet the needs of students in South Dakota, ensuring a readiness for the workforce, military service, university or technical school coursework. The standards met the following qualifications (1) research and evidence based, (2) aligned with college and work expectations, (3) rigorous, and (4) benchmarked in their design and content.

The standards were reviewed and revised through the efforts of educators/special education, administrators, postsecondary, parents, and the SD Department of Education. The standards document exists due to intensive research, collaboration, grade level and vertical alignment discussions, debates, and a commitment to serve all students in our state. Every work group member was an advocate for education and for ensuring students will graduate college, career, and life ready.



K-12 Strike-Through Documents for ELA State Standards (Adopted 2018)

The strike-through documents provide a comparison between the SD State Standards (adopted 2010) and the newly adopted 2018 SD State standards. The strike-through documents allow a visual overview of the changes made and a justification for each change.

  • Text shown with a strike-through indicates removal of language from the 2010 standards.
  • Text in bold/red indicates new language in the 2018 standards.
  • Quality Standard Rule # is explained in the Quality Standards Checklist.

K-12 Strike-Through Documents for ELA State Standards (Adopted 2018)
Kindergarten
Reading, Writing, Language
Speaking and Listening
First Grade
Reading, Writing, Language
Speaking and Listening
Second Grade
Reading, Writing, Language
Speaking and Listening
Third Grade
Reading, Writing, Language
Speaking and Listening
Fourth Grade
Reading, Writing, Language
Speaking and Listening
Fifth Grade
Reading, Writing, Language
Speaking and Listening
Sixth Grade
Reading, Writing, Language
Speaking and Listening
Seventh Grade
Reading, Writing, Language
Speaking and Listening
Eighth Grade
Reading, Writing, Language
Speaking and Listening
Ninth-Tenth Grades
Reading, Writing, Language
Speaking and Listening
Eleventh-Twelfth Grades
Reading, Writing, Language
Speaking and Listening

Unpacked Standards - ELA State Standards (Adopted 2018)
Reading-Literature

The Unpacked/Disaggregated documents now cluster standards within the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading-Literature. Each anchor standard has one corresponding unpacked document which clusters the standards focusing on those key area of skills per grade level.

Anchor Standards K 1 2 3 4 5
Key Ideas and Details K.RL.1
K.RL.2
K.RL.3
1.RL.1
1.RL.2
1.RL.3
2.RL.1
2.RL.2
2.RL.3
3.RL.1
3.RL.2
3.RL.3
4.RL.1
4.RL.2
4.RL.3
5.RL.1
5.RL.2
5.RL.3
Craft and Structure K.RL.4
K.RL.5
K.RL.6
1.RL.4
1.RL.5
1.RL.6
2.RL.4
2.RL.5
2.RL.6
3.RL.4
3.RL.5
3.RL.6
4.RL.4
4.RL.5
4.RL.6
5.RL.4
5.RL.5
5.RL.6
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas K.RL.7
K.RL.8
K.RL.9
1.RL.7
1.RL.8
1.RL.9
2.RL.7
2.RL.8
2.RL.9
3.RL.7
3.RL.8
3.RL.9
4.RL.7
4.RL.8
4.RL.9
5.RL.7
5.RL.8
5.RL.9
Range of Reading and Text Complexity K.RL.10 1.RL.10 2.RL.10 3.RL.10 4.RL.10 5.RL.10
Anchor Standards 6 7 8 9-10 11-12
Key Ideas and Details 6.RL.1
6.RL.2
6.RL.3
7.RL.1
7.RL.2
7.RL.3
8.RL.1
8.RL.2
8.RL.3
9-10.RL.1
9-10.RL.2
9-10.RL.3
11-12.RL.1
11-12.RL.2
11-12.RL.3
Craft and Structure 6.RL.4
6.RL.5
6.RL.6
7.RL.4
7.RL.5
7.RL.6
8.RL.4
8.RL.5
8.RL.6
9-10.RL.4
9-10.RL.5
9-10.RL.6
11-12.RL.4
11-12.RL.5
11-12.RL.6
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas 6.RL.7
6.RL.8
6.RL.9
7.RL.7
7.RL.8
7.RL.9
8.RL.7
8.RL.8
8.RL.9
9-10.RL.7
9-10.RL.8
9-10.RL.9
11-12.RL.7
11-12.RL.8
11-12.RL.9
Range of Reading and Text Complexity 6.RL.10 7.RL.10 8.RL.10 9-10.RL.10 11-12.RL.10
Reading Standards: Foundational Skills K-5

The Unpacked/Disaggregated documents now cluster standards within the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Foundational Skills K-5. Each anchor standard has one corresponding unpacked document which clusters the standards focusing on those key area of skills per grade level.

Anchor Standards K 1 2 3 4 5
Print Concepts K.RF.1 1.RF.1 2.RF.1 3.RF.1 4.RF.1 5.RF.1
Phonological Awareness K.RF.2 1.RF.2 2.RF.2 3.RF.2 4.RF.2 5.RF.2
Phonics and Word Recognitions K.RF.3 1.RF.3 2.RF.3 3.RF.3 4.RF.3 5.RF.3
Fluency K.RF.4 1.RF.4 2.RF.4 3.RF.4 4.RF.4 5.RF.4
Reading for Informational Text

The Unpacked/Disaggregated documents now cluster standards within the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading for Informational Text. Each anchor standard has one corresponding unpacked document which clusters the standards focusing on those key area of skills per grade level.

Anchor Standards K 1 2 3 4 5
Key Ideas and Details K.RI.1
K.RI.2
K.RI.3
1.RI.1
1.RI.2
1.RI.3
2.RI.1
2.RI.2
2.RI.3
3.RI.1
3.RI.2
3.RI.3
4.RI.1
4.RI.2
4.RI.3
5.RI.1
5.RI.2
5.RI.3
Craft and Structure K.RI.4
K.RI.5
K.RI.6
1.RI.4
1.RI.5
1.RI.6
2.RI.4
2.RI.5
2.RI.6
3.RI.4
3.RI.5
3.RI.6
4.RI.4
4.RI.5
4.RI.6
5.RI.4
5.RI.5
5.RI.6
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas K.RI.7
K.RI.8
K.RI.9
1.R I.7
1.RI.8
1.RI.9
2.RI.7
2.RI.8
2.RI.9
3.RI.7
3.RI.8
3.RI.9
4.RI.7
4.RI.8
4.RI.9
5.RI.7
5.RI.8
5.RI.9
Range of Reading and Text Complexity K.RI.10 1.RI.10 2.RI.10 3.RI.10 4.RI.10 5.RI.10
Anchor Standards 6 7 8 9-10 11-12
Key Ideas and Details 6.RI.1
6.RI.2
6.RI.3
7.RI.1
7.RI.2
7.RI.3
8.RI.1
8.RI.2
8.RI.3
9-10.RI.1
9-10.RI.2
9-10.RI.3
11-12.RI.1
11-12.RI.2
11-12.RI.3
Craft and Structure 6.RI.4
6.RI.5
6.RI.6
7.RI.4
7.RI.5
7.RI.6
8.RI.4
8.RI.5
8.RI.6
9-10.RI.4
9-10.RI.5
9-10.RI.6
11-12.RI.4
11-12.RI.5
11-12.RI.6
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas 6.RI.7
6.RI.8
6.RI.9
7.RI.7
7.RI.8
7.RI.9
8.RI.7
8.RI.8
8.RI.9
9-10.RI.7
9-10.RI.8
9-10.RI.9
11-12.RI.7
11-12.RI.8
11-12.RI.9
Range of Reading and Text Complexity 6.RI.10 7.RI.10 8.RI.10 9-10.RI.10 11-12.RI.10
Writing Standards

The Unpacked/Disaggregated documents now cluster standards within the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Writing. Each anchor standard has one corresponding unpacked document which clusters the standards focusing on those key area of skills per grade level.

Anchor Standards K 1 2 3 4 5
Text Types and Purposes K.W.1
K.W.2
K.W.3
1.W.1
1.W.2
1.W.3
2.W.1
2.W.2
2.W.3
3.W.1
3.W.2
3.W.3
4.W.1
4.W.2
4.W.3
5.W.1
5.W.2
5.W.3
Production and Distribution of Writing K.W.4
K.W.5
K.W.6
1.W.4
1.W.5
1.W.6
2.W.4
2.W.5
2.W.6
3.W.4
3.W.5
3.W.6
4.W.4
4.W.5
4.W.6
5.W.4
5.W.5
5.W.6
Research to Build and Present Knowledge K.W.7
K.W.8
K.W.9
1.W.7
1.W.8
1.W.9
2.W.7
2.W.8
2.W.9
3.W.7
3.W.8
3.W.9
4.W.7
4.W.8
4.W.9
5.W.7
5.W.8
5.W.9
Range of Writing K.W.10 1.W.10 2.W.10 3.W.10 4.W.10 5.W.10
Anchor Standards 6 7 8 9-10 11-12
Text Types and Purposes 6.W.1
6.W.2
6.W.3
7.W.1
7.W.2
7.W.3
8.W.1
8.W.2
8.W.3
9-10.W.1
9-10.W.2
9-10.W.3
11-12.W.1
11-12.W.2
11-12.W.3
Production and Distribution of Writing 6.W.4
6.W.5
6.W.6
7.W.4
7.W.5
7.W.6
8.W.4
8.W.5
8.W.6
9-10.W.4
9-10.W.5
9-10.W.6
11-12.W.4
11-12.W.5
11-12.W.6
Research to Build and Present Knowledge 6.W.7
6.W.8
6.W.9
7.W.7
7.W.8
7.W.9
8.W.7
8.W.8
8.W.9
9-10.W.7
9-10.W.8
9-10.W.9
11-12.W.7
11-12.W.8
11-12.W.9
Range of Writing 6.W.10 7.W.10 8.W.10 9-10.W.10 11-12.W.10
Speaking and Listening Standards

The Unpacked/Disaggregated documents now cluster standards within the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening. Each anchor standard has one corresponding unpacked document which clusters the standards focusing on those key area of skills per grade level.

Anchor Standards K 1 2 3 4 5
Comprehension and Collaboration K.SL.1
K.SL.2
K.SL.3
1.SL.1
1.SL.2
1.SL.3
2.SL.1
2.SL.2
2.SL.3
3.SL.1
3.SL.2
3.SL.3
4.SL.1
4.SL.2
4.SL.3
5.SL.1
5.SL.2
5.SL.3
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas K.SL.4
K.SL.5
K.SL.6
1.SL.4
1.SL.5
1.SL.6
2.SL.4
2.SL.5
2.SL.6
3.SL.4
3.SL.5
3.SL.6
4.SL.4
4.SL.5
4.SL.6
5.SL.4
5.SL.5
5.SL.6
Anchor Standards 6 7 8 9-10 11-12
Comprehension and Collaboration 6.SL.1
6.SL.2
6.SL.3
7.SL.1
7.SL.2
7.SL.3
8.SL.1
8.SL.2
8.SL.3
9-10.SL.1
9-10.SL.2
9-10.SL.3
11-12.SL.1
11-12.SL.2
11-12.SL.3
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas 6.SL.4
6.SL.5
6.SL.6
7.SL.4
7.SL.5
7.SL.6
8.SL.4
8.SL.5
8.SL.6
9-10.SL.4
9-10.SL.5
9-10.SL.6
11-12.SL.4
11-12.SL.5
11-12.SL.6
Language Standards

The Unpacked/Disaggregated documents now cluster standards within the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Language. Each anchor standard has one corresponding unpacked document which clusters the standards focusing on those key area of skills per grade level.

Anchor Standards K 1 2 3 4 5
Conventions of Standard English K.L.1
K.L.2
1.L.1
1.L.2
2.L.1
2.L.2
3.L.1
3.L.2
4.L.1
4.L.2
5.L.1
5.L.2
Knowledge of Language K.L.3 1.L.3 2.L.3 3.L.3 4.L.3 5.L.3
Vocabulary Acquisition and Use K.L.4
K.L.5
K.L.6
1.L.4
1.L.5
1.L.6
2.L.4
2.L.5
2.L.6
3.L.4
3.L.5
3.L.6
4.L.4
4.L.5
4.L.6
5.L.4
5.L.5
5.L.6
Anchor Standards 6 7 8 9-10 11-12
Conventions of Standard English 6.L.1
6.L.2
7.L.1
7.L.2
8.L.1
8.L.2
9-10.L.1
9-10.L.2
11-12.L.1
11-12.L.2
Knowledge of Language 6.L.3 7.L.3 8.L.3 9-10.L.3 11-12.L.3
Vocabulary Acquisition and Use 6.L.4
6.L.5
6.L.6
7.L.4
7.L.5
7.L.6
8.L.4
8.L.5
8.L.6
9-10.L.4
9-10.L.5
9-10.L.6
11-12.L.4
11-12.L.5
11-12.L.6


For more information, contact Teresa Berndt at the Department of Education's Division of Learning and Instruction at (605) 295-0335.