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

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On state tests in math and language arts, black students lagged behind their white classmates in all seven elementary schools. New York Times, "A Suburb Believed in Liberal Ideals. Then Came a New Busing Plan.," 30 Aug. 2019 Statewide skills tests that focus on math and English language arts, important as those subjects are, give schools no incentive to invest in civics instruction. Danielle Allen, Twin Cities, "Danielle Allen: If we care about democracy, we need to rebuild civics education in our schools," 8 Sep. 2019 Only four percent of the school’s 800 students were considered proficient on the English language arts sections of the Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment exam in 2018 and three percent were doing math at grade level. Dan Mcgowan,, "Their middle school has a bad reputation. But these Providence students are trying to change that.," 6 Sep. 2019 Looking ahead to the year, Smith underlined rising enrollment, prekindergarten programs and a new curriculum in math and English language arts for elementary and middle schools. Washington Post, "Schools open in Maryland, with Montgomery County expecting record enrollment," 4 Sep. 2019 Ranch View Middle School, Highlands Ranch; Douglas County School District: 21 points in language arts, 18 points in math. Meg Wingerter, The Denver Post, "These are Colorado’s most-improved schools on this year’s CMAS tests," 22 Aug. 2019 Nearly 58% of the students in the Los Angeles Unified School District who took the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress failed to meet English language arts and literacy standards in 2018. Los Angeles Times, "Reading by 9," 17 Aug. 2019 The seven categories in which campuses can earn a distinction are English language arts/reading, math, science, social studies, academic growth, closing performance gaps and post-secondary readiness. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "Lamar CISD earns ‘A’ in TEA’s Accountability Rating System," 15 Aug. 2019 All told, 34 percent of Rhode Island students were considered proficient in English language arts, the same as Fall River. Dan Mcgowan,, "It’s not just Providence. Communities across R.I. grapple with underperforming schools.," 7 Aug. 2019

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1896, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of language arts

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

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