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January 29, 2015
Common Core Standards: Archived resources

Below is information that ran in previous editions of the Instructional Leaders Update, or was sent to administrators via e-mail.


Guidance Documents for the Common Core Learning Standards in Mathematics

As New York State schools plan for the NYS P-12 Common Core Learning Standards in Mathematics, the following two documents offer guidance from the national level; Coming Together to Raise Achievement [PDF], and Learning Trajectories in Mathematics: A Foundation for Standards, Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction (PDF 1.15 MB) both provide useful information for leaders planning implementation.


March 2011 edition

Standards receive new names

arrow bulletThe New York State Common Core Standards have a new name. They are now called the New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) for English Language Arts and Literacy and New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) for Mathematics. The new name was adopted at the January 2011 Board of Regents meeting. The standards have been designed to help our students be prepared to compete with not only their American peers in the next state, but with students around the world. These standards will help prepare students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in college and careers. Below are two documents that may answer many of the questions from the field. One is a side-by-side comparison of the main organizational features of the new P-12 CCLS for ELA and the NYS ELA Standards (1996) and ELA Core Curriculum (2005) [PDF].  The other document is a School District Implications and Action Steps Timeline for 2010-2015 [PDF].  Also, please visit the toolkit page for additional resources.


January 2011 edition

Instructional leaders gather insights on qualities of effective schools

arrow bulletOver the past four weeks, Laura Combs, Connie Miller and Lynne Wells have gained a great deal of insight from visiting area districts to talk about needs and goals regarding the characteristics of effective schools. It has been a very valuable experience and a wonderful display of the strengths, as well as the commonalities, each district possesses in this area. Over the next three weeks, they hope to visit all the remaining districts. During these difficult economic times, it makes sense for districts to pool resources and energies, Wells said. “We are committed to support districts as we move forward in our regional Race to the Top,” she added.


Updates to Common Core Learning Standards approved

arrow bulletOn January 10th, the Board of Regents approved the New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards for English Language Arts (ELA) and Literacy, Mathematics and Pre-Kindergarten. These standards are an extension of the Common Core State Standards previously adopted in July 2010.

The recommended additions for ELA and literacy include expectations for student inquiry, culture and diversity, and literature. These concepts are embedded to strengthen and deepen the existing common core for ELA. In mathematics, one addition was made to kindergarten and one to first grade to strengthen the standards. No additions were made for grades 2-12 in mathematics. Implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards will begin in all schools in 2011-12. Classroom instruction is expected to be fully aligned to the new standards by the 2012-13 school year. Assessments that year will test achievement of the P-12 Common Core Learning Standards for ELA & Literacy and mathematics.

Full details can be found on the NYSED website:
Approval memo for CCSS additions
NYSED's Common Core Standards Initiative page

arrow bulletBoard Regents approve P-12 New York State Common Core Learning Standards

View the Jan. 11 press release from NYSED here.


December 2010 edition

arrow bulletThe Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so all stakeholders know what they need to do to help students be successful. As part of the Race to the Top agenda, New York will develop models for English Language Arts and mathematics. This common set of academic standards for students will help create a common set of rigorous student achievement expectations across the country to prepare students for college and career readiness. Below are links on the NYS Education Department website to assist you in understanding the Common Core at a deeper level:




Tool kit


Standards Review


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