Common Core Learning Standards
In January 2011, the New York State Board of Regents adopted the "Common Core Learning Standards" (CCLS). According to NYSED, the CCLS are "internationally-benchmarked and evidence-based standards. These standards serve as a consistent set of expectations for what students should learn and be able to do, so that we can ensure that every student across New YorkState is on track for college and career readiness."The standards were put into practice at the start of the 2012-2013 school year and, currently, the 3-8 ELA and Math state assessments are rooted in the CCLS. In addition, starting in June 2014, the Algebra and Comprehensive ELA Regents exams will be based on the CCLS curriculum.
One of the biggest misnomers about CCLS is that it is a universal curriculum across the state. However, CCLS is not a base curriculum, it is a set of standards.
Common Core Instructional Shifts
Shift 1 Pre-K-5: Balancing Informational and Literacy Texts Shift 2 6-12: KNowledge in the Disciplines Shift 3 Staircase of Complexity Shift 4 Text-based Answers Shift 5 Writing From Sources Shift 6 Academic Vocabulary
Shift 1 Focus Shift 2 Coherence Shift 3 Fluency Shift 4 Deep Understanding Shift 5 Application Shift 6 Dual Intensity
Common Core Resources
- Changes to the 2016 Grade 3-8 Assessments
- "A Parent's Guide to Common Core Learning" - Information jointly presented by NYS PTA and NYSUT
- Backpack Guide for the Common Core Learning Standards
- Resources for Parents
- What can parents do to help their child with the "common core"?
- Movie: "Common Core State Standards: A New Foundation for Student Success"
- Three minute video that explains the common core
- Powerpoint presentation on the Common Core