language arts

plural noun

Definition of language arts

: the subjects (such as reading, spelling, literature, and composition) that aim at developing the student's comprehension and capacity for use of written and oral language

Examples of language arts in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One member, who declined to be identified, announced that the chapter had recently completed its review of the district’s language arts curriculum. Washington Post, 15 Oct. 2021 Florida law ties promotion to fourth grade to passing the third grade reading FSA exam and also requires high school students to pass the FSA algebra 1 exam and the 10th grade language arts exam to earn a diploma. Scott Travis,, 14 Sep. 2021 In 2018-2019, the last school year for which state testing data are available, about 43 percent of San Diego Unified students tested did not meet state standards in English language arts and about 52 percent did not meet state standards in math. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Oct. 2021 Across Connecticut, half of all SBAC test takers were proficient in English language arts, compared to 20% of Hartford’s test takers, and only 4.1% among English learners and 1.9% among Hartford’s students with disabilities. Rebecca Lurye,, 9 Sep. 2021 And yet, in 2018-19, the most recent year with available data, 50.1% of Oconomowoc students who took state tests scored below proficient in reading and English language arts. Alan J. Borsuk, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 22 Aug. 2021 Because of the past dearth of funding, public summer school has long been offered mainly as specialized instruction for students with disabilities, credit recovery for high schoolers, and math and language arts remediation. Laura Newberry, Los Angeles Times, 21 July 2021 The garden offers a variety of study opportunities from nutrition and science to math, social studies and language arts. Joan Rusek, cleveland, 17 May 2021 About 67 percent of Black students did not meet state standards for English language arts on standardized tests, according to the California Department of Education. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of language arts

1896, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of language arts was in 1896

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English Language Learners Definition of language arts

: school subjects (such as reading, spelling, and writing) that relate to using language


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