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