Language Arts Florida Standards (LAFS) K-12

The overall goal of standards-based instruction is to present a clear picture of what a student should know and be able to do. While the standards outline specific expectations in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language at each grade level, each standard need not be a separate focus for instruction and assessments. Instead, several standards can be addressed in a single task. The anchor standards below provide an overview of the literacy expectations that are required for students to be prepared to enter college and workforce training programs, ready to succeed.

  • The Reading standards emphasize a staircase of increasing text, complexity, and the growth of comprehension, from beginning reading to college and career readiness.
  • The Writing standards emphasize writing skills, including applying the writing process and publishing various writing types. It also focuses on the importance of the writing-reading connection by requiring students to draw upon and write about evidence from literary and informational texts.
  • The Speaking and Listening standards require students to develop a range of useful oral communication and interpersonal skills, and present their ideas using a variety of media and visual displays.
  • The Language standards include the essential rules of standard written and spoken English. The vocabulary standards focus on understanding words and phrases, their relationships, and their nuances. Vocabulary standards also focus on acquiring new vocabulary, particularly general academic and domain-specific words and phrases.