Understanding the Literacy Shifts

A quick reference to the Common Core in ELA and Literacy

Shift 1: Complex Text and its Academic Language

Shift #1: The Common Core State Standards

Shift 2: Evidence From Text

Shift #2: The Common Core State Standards

Shift 3: Building Knowledge using Non-Fiction

Shift #3: The Common Core State Standards
Quick Reference Guide to the Shifts

Click to view a quick reference to the Math and ELA/Literacy Shifts

In the Classroom Tool for Observations

Use this tool to guide your observations to support the ELA/ELD Adoption

Secondary Teachers PD Opportunities for Textbook Training

  • March 22
  • April 5
  • April 21
  • Summer PD TBA
What is Complex Text?

Determining readability is another factor to consider as we are selecting texts for our students. Check out the video below and click on button to view the worksheet to assess text complexity.


There are a myriad of resources available for educators to promote an effective transition to students being college and career ready at the end of high school. Please feel free to contact Heather Garcia, Kristen Coates, or Erin Fischetti if you have any questions.