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Common Core News

The State Board of Regents adopts several measures to adjust the implementation of the Common Core Standards. (FEBRUARY 2014)

Interim Superintendent Lonnie Palmer talks about student performance on the 2013 NYS ELA and Math tests (August 2013)

State advises to expect lower scores on tests (April 2013)


Resources for Parents

Understanding the Common Core [PDF]

EngageNY's Common Core Resources

Common Core State Standards Initiative Website

What are the Common Core State Standards and how do they affect my child?

One of the more revolutionary changes the New York State Education Department has recently made is the adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as a result of the federal Race To The Top (RTT) initiative.

The goal of Common Core curriculum is as one pillar (APPR is another) of the larger federal Race to the Top education reform initiative that aims to improve the quality of instruction in our schools and, in turn, improve student performance and college and career readiness.

Three-Minute Video Explaining the Common Core State Standards


Establishing common education standards throughout the nation ensures that all children, regardless of geography, socioeconomic status, or life history, receive an education that values their potential.

The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The Standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.

The transition and implementation of the new Math and English Language Arts (ELA) Common Core State Standards are mandated by the state. On this page you will find a number of resources, communications and updated information pertaining to the Common Core State Standards.


Shifts from old to new curriculum

There are twelve shifts that the Common Core requires of schools if we are to be truly aligned with it in terms of curricular materials and classroom instruction. There are six shifts in ELA/ Literacy and six shifts in Mathematics.

View curriculum shifts in ELA/Literacy | View a video on shifts in ELA

View curriculum shifts in Math | View a video on shifts in Math


State Testing Information

Watch the below video from EngageNY about the shifts in testing for children in grades 3-8 as it relates to the Common Core Standards:

Video for Parents and Families about the Common Core Assessments


Managing student stress during testing time

It’s normal for students to feel a certain level of stress around any exams. As parents, encourage your children to stay calm, take their time, review their work carefully, and do their best.

View the below flyer for tips on how to help your students keep the stress at bay during testing time.

Don't Stress About the Test [PDF]