ELA and Mathematics Essential Elements

Essential Elements Crosswalks

The following documents are crosswalks, indicating the links between the general content standards in ELA and Mathematics and the draft Essential Elements, which are proposed to serve as Michigan’s alternate content standards in ELA and Mathematics (replacing the Extended Grade Level Content Expectations and Extended High School Content Expectations in ELA and Mathematics). 

The documents below are currently provided publicly to:

  • Assist educators in understanding the links between the general assessment content standards and the Essential Elements.

  • Introduce the Michigan Range of Complexity, which outlines how the skills associated with each target Essential Element (that will be measured as “state assessable”) is drafted to be assessed for the three levels of MI-Access (Functional Independence, Supported Independence, Participation).

  • Provide educators with the full scope of the Essential Elements and Range of Complexity for both long term planning and to provide a resource in planning for instruction this fall.

Draft Alternate Standards for English Language Arts

Grade 3 ELA Essential Elements                            Grade 7 ELA Essential Elements   

Grade 4 ELA Essential Elements                            Grade 8 ELA Essential Elements

Grade 5 ELA Essential Elements                            Grade 11 ELA Essential Elements 

Grade 6 ELA Essential Elements


Draft Alternate Standards for Mathematics

Grade 3 Mathematics Essential Elements              Grade 7 Mathematics Essential Elements             

Grade 4 Mathematics Essential Elements              Grade 8 Mathematics Essential Elements

Grade 5 Mathematics Essential Elements              Grade 11 Mathematics Essential Elements

Grade 6 Mathematics Essential Elements 


Comprehensive DLM Essential Elements

DLM Essential Elements for ELA 

DLM Essential Elements for Math 


Public Comment

Public Comment on Essential Elements with Michigan Range of Complexity for ELA:                                              

ELA Grade 3        ELA Grade 7                                                                                

ELA Grade 4        ELA Grade 8                                                                                

ELA Grade 5        ELA Grade 11                                                                            

ELA Grade 6