Skip To Main Content

Main Navigation

Mobile Translate ( don't delete )

Mobile Utility

Header Holder

Header Right

Header Utility


Mobile Toggle ( don't delete )


English Language Arts


ACPS’ vision of Literacy Instruction is to foster enriching and inclusive literacy experiences for students by building a comprehensive, culturally-sustaining PreK-12 literacy program that reflects our diverse community. To empower students to think critically and communicate effectively within and beyond the classroom.


ACPS’ literacy mission is to provide teachers and leaders with research-based and differentiated tools, knowledge, and resources for supporting students’ ongoing literacy growth.  To engage students in diverse literacy learning experiences and opportunities that empower and inspire them to create change in their communities and the world.


The K-12 VDOE English Language Standards of Learning were revised in March 2024 to be enacted in School Year 2024-2025. They reflect the commitment to raise expectations and increase the rigor of education to align with the demands of the present and future world. They can be viewed at the Virginia Department of Education website.

Instructional Structures & Materials 

Teachers utilize core, supplemental, and intervention literacy instructional resources that have been approved by the VDOE in alignment with requirements of the Virginia Literacy Act. At the elementary level, these include Bookworms Reading & Writing (K-5) and Really Great Reading (K-2). Literacy during the elementary instructional day consists of three instructional blocks:

  • Core Reading Block
  • ELA Reading Block
  • IET Reading Block—Differentiated small-group intervention, enrichment and targeted instruction

Virginia Literacy Act 

The Virginia Literacy Act, passed by the Virginia General Assembly in 2022 to improve literacy outcomes for Virginia’s learners, goes into effect in the 2024-2025 school year. 

ACPS has been working to continuously improve its literacy instruction to align with the requirements of this legislation and the latest reading research—learn more at ACPS’ Virginia Literacy Act Webpage.

At-Home Literacy Learning Resources

Contact Us

Elementary Literacy—Dr. Carolyn Wooster,

K-12 Literacy Coordinator & Secondary Literacy Instructional Specialist- Ms. Kimberly Schell,