Understanding the Common Core Standards
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) allow states
to share a common definition of readiness at each grade
level by working backward based on the demands of
college and careers. This progression of student
readiness is one of the central principles of the
standards. If students are to graduate high school
fully prepared, they must meet the benchmarks
set by the Common Core – at every grade and
in every classroom. Visit engageny.org for information.
NEW! NYSED Commissioner MaryEllen Elia"What Parents Need to Know About Standards and Assessments"
is the focus of the powerpoint presentation prepared bythe Education Commissioner. Click here to view it.
Common Core Math Homework Help Website
for Parents! If you don’t understand your child’s math
homework, you are not alone. Here is an excellent resource
where you will find math modules, lessons and homework
for grades k – 8. Click here for the link.
New York State Board of Regents committed to the CCSS
CCSS for English Language Arts & Literacy and Mathematics formally adopted
Grades 3-8 state assessments begin
High School assesment begins in phases
The Common Core demands significant shifts in how students are taught. These shifts in instruction will require that many teachers learn new skills and reflect upon and evolve in their classroom practices. For example, ELA teachers must ensure a balance of literature and informational text and a dramatic increase in the amount of time and attention students spend in evidence-based analysis of what they are reading. In math, teachers must spend more time on less content, driving toward true mastery through a new level of fluency with math facts as well as a new comfort with real world application.