Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards define the learning expectations for each grade level from kindergarten to grade 12.  The  Common Core standards describe what students need to learn each year in order to graduate from high school ready to succeed in college and careers.

The Common Core standards were initiated through a state-led effort coordinated by our nation’s governors and state departments of education.  The standards were developed by a national panel of educators and other experts based on research, including models of education in top-performing countries.  The standards identify the knowledge and skills that students need to be internationally competitive, including the ability to think creatively, solve real-world problems, make effective arguments, and engage in debates.

The Common Core State Standards have been adopted by 45 states, including New York.  In New York State, the Common Core includes standards for students in pre-kindergarten, to ensure early learning experiences that support readiness for school.  The Common Core standards define grade-by-grade learning expectations for English Language Arts and Literacy, as well as Mathematics.

The Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy establish the progression of skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking that are required to develop all aspects of communication.  The standards also include a focus on development of literacy skills in history, science, and technical subjects.  It is expected that students will develop skills in reading and writing in all subjects, as reading non-fiction text for information and writing to communicate complex ideas are essential for success in all aspects of study.

The Common Core Standards for Mathematics establish expected fluencies in computation, and also require that students understand math concepts deeply.  In order to apply mathematics in real-world problem solving situations, including science and technology, students must develop an understanding of the ways in which various math concepts are connected.

Beginning this spring, New York State assessments in ELA and Math, grades 3-8, will be aligned to the Common Core standards.  High school Regents examinations in ELA and math will be aligned to the Common Core beginning in 2014.  In future years, all New York State examinations in all subjects will reflect the Common Core standards for literacy and mathematics as applied to history, science, and technical subjects.

The following resources are provided for parents who seek additional information about the Common Core State Standards and assessments: