Navigating Text Complexity

Understanding text complexity is essential to implementing the Common Core State Standards in ELA & Literacy. But what makes a text complex and how will it help prepare my students for college and career? What tools can I use to select rich, worthy texts for instruction in my classroom? How can analyzing the qualitative characteristics of a text inform my instruction of a text? These have been our guiding questions in developing this text complexity resource for teachers. 

We hope that you'll hop in and take these tools for a spin! Try them out, make them your own, and then share your work with others. We feel strongly that teachers drive this work, and believe in the power of sharing ideas and resources across states as we all strive to implement the CCSS.

This site was assembled by educators from CT, DC, HI, ID, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MI, MO, NC, OR, UT, WV & WY, members of CCSSO's ELA State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards. 

Check the Specs

Before you hit the road, take a close look at what text complexity is and why it's important to preparing students for college and career.

Showroom Models

Our text complexity roadmaps bring together the quantiative, qualitative, and reader and task considerations of texts. Accompanying text sets build knowledge around a range of topics K-12.

Take It for a Spin

Get behind the wheel! Learn how to complete your own roadmap and check out an analysis of a Kate Chopin text done by a group of teachers in Kansas.

Take the Bridge to Instruction

Wondering how this might become part of your lesson planning and teaching? Includes lesson videos and model text-dependent questions.

Accelerate with Additional Resources

Check out these additional resources and hit the road.