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3.7 Reading Standard 10: Text Complexity

Examine CCR Anchor Standard 10 below. Then note how it aligns with Reading Standard 10 for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects as shown in the chart that follows. Notice in particular how the standards scaffold student reading expectations within the technical subject content areas to prepare them for college and career.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.10 Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.
 

 

CA CCSS Reading Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects 612 CCR Anchor Standards for Reading
Grades 68 Grades 910

Grades 11–12
 

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
10. By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently. 10. By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 9–10 text complexity band independently and proficiently. 10. By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 11–12 text complexity band independently and proficiently. 10. Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.

Standard 10 is written in the same manner throughout the grade bands with the only adjustment being the difficulty of the text.  This standard is asking for students to read and comprehend sufficiently complex technical texts independently.

There are three factors to consider when measuring the complexity of a text:

  1. The qualitative evaluation of a text,
  2. the quantitative evaluation of a text, and
  3. the match of the reader to the text and the task.
Time to Extend

For more information on Standard 10 and measuring text complexity, see "Measuring Text Complexity: Three Factors" and Appendix A of the CCSS for ELA/Literacy, pages 4–10. See Unit 2: The Dimensions of Text Complexity in the CCSS for ELA: Reading Informational Text Professional Learning Module for additional resources.