IEOC English Language Arts Content Coverage
The Iowa End-of-Course assessments are designed to assess student knowledge and
skills in a variety of subject areas. The assessments should be administered during
a single class period.
In English Language Arts, the End-of-Course assessment consists of several thematically-related
texts from different genres. The 28 multiple-choice test items, which are aligned
to Common Core State Standards, reflect educator input and a rigorous quality-control
process to ensure appropriateness, clarity, and accuracy.
A summary of the content and skills covered within the English Language Arts test
is presented below.
Key Ideas and Details
Items may ask students to examine how individuals, events, and ideas develop and
interact; to discern central ideas or themes and their development in a variety
of literary texts; and to demonstrate that they can summarize key ideas and supporting
details; draw conclusions, make logical inferences and predictions; and understand
Craft and Structure
Items may ask students to interpret aspects of text structure and author’s craft,
including the use of literary devices (e.g., simile, personification, alliteration)
and literary elements (e.g., setting, theme, tone); assess how point of view and
purpose shape the content and style of the text; analyze how specific portions of
text relate to each other and the text as a whole; and to demonstrate that they
understand the meaning of specific words and phrases in the text, including connotative
and figurative language; and how language and word choices affect overall meaning.
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
Items may ask students to demonstrate that they can synthesize ideas from multiple
texts; analyze how these texts address similar topics and themes; evaluate specific
claims, the author’s reasoning, and the validity of the author’s arguments; judge
the relevance and sufficiency of evidence provided; and make connections that integrate
texts with external ideas.