• 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

    ELA 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

    Math Shifts

    Shift 1  Focus 
    Shift 2  Coherence 
    Shift 3  Fluency 
    Shift 4  Deep Understanding 
    Shift 5  Application 
    Shift 6  Dual Intensity