What is the Common Core State Standards Initiative?
The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort to establish a shared set of clear educational standards for English language arts and mathematics that states can voluntarily adopt. The standards have been informed by the best available evidence and the highest state standards across the country and globe and designed by a diverse group of teachers, experts, parents, and school administrators, so they reflect both our aspirations for our children and the realities of the classroom. These standards are designed to ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to go to college or enter the workforce and that parents, teachers, and students have a clear understanding of what is expected of them. The standards are benchmarked to international standards to guarantee that our students are competitive in the emerging global marketplace.
Has New York State Adopted the Common Core State Standards?
New York State adopted the Common Core State Standards on July 19th, 2010, with the understanding that New York may add some additional P-12 expectations (up to 15%, as needed). On January 10th, 2011, the Board of Regents approved the recommended additions to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy and Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, plus a new set of Prekindergarten Standards. These three files can be downloaded below:
New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy
New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards for Mathematics
New York State Prekindergarten Learning Standards
What other information is available about the Common Core State Standards Initiative?