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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Top performers would be determined using a score based on course grades in certain seventh-grade subjects, along with scores on seventh grade state math and English language arts exams. Chris Fuchs /, NBC News, "Plan to diversify New York's top high schools divides Asian-American groups," 18 June 2018 Last spring, 86% of children in her school’s gifted program were proficient on state tests in English language arts, and 95% passed in math, by city data. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Gifted Programs in High-Poverty Districts Aim to Create Pipeline to Opportunity," 9 Feb. 2019 Photo: Erin Lefevre for The Wall Street Journal Most phonics programs recommend lessons for 20 to 30 minutes a day in kindergarten through second grade, as part of broader work in language arts. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Schools Seen as Falling Short in a Pillar of Teaching Reading," 26 Dec. 2018 The annual tally of the world’s climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions is a little like that—but with a lot more on the line than a B in language arts. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Wrong way: 2018 global CO₂ emissions tick up again," 6 Dec. 2018 Reading scores weren’t considered because the state changed language arts tests after the reforms took effect. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Scott Walker’s Education Dividend," 11 Oct. 2018 The questions are so out of line for high school language arts. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, "'Morality test,' on topics like incest and puppy-killing, judged 'not OK' by students' parents," 8 Sep. 2018 The sixth-grade English and language arts teacher was reportedly suspended from work after someone sent a video from Kandice's private Facebook page to school administration of her performing a pole dancing routine in her home. Bartie Scott, Teen Vogue, "Teacher Kandice Mason Reportedly Suspended After Pole Dancing Video," 21 Aug. 2018 Classrooms where students learn math, social studies and English language arts will also be getting new furniture that’s designed to maximize flexibility, according to Caruso Principal Brian Bullis. Steve Sadin,, "New libraries at Caruso and Shepard designed with an eye toward collaboration, technology," 9 July 2018

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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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