The Sioux Falls School District’s reading/language arts curriculum is guided by the Common Core Standards. These Standards define for all students what they must know in the following strands: reading, writing, and listening, speaking and viewing. The goal of the curriculum is to help all students to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and to use language proficiently for a variety of purposes and audiences. English/language arts curriculum includes reading instruction, word study, independent reading, writing instruction and independent writing. 

The Common Core Standards provide a listing of essential core content to be taught and learned. They are designed to guide the planning of instruction and to anchor the assessment of learning. The Alternate Content Standards for each area expand the developmental spectrum of the Common Core Standards for students with significant disabilities while guiding instruction and assure all students access to the general education curriculum.