Recently, The NYS Board of Regents adopted the New K-12 Common Core Standards which will replace the current Standards being used by NY State Public Schools. These Common Core Standards are a part of a national initiative to standardize teaching and learning throughout the country.
The standards are designed to increase rigor in the classroom and will require more inquiry, explanation and analysis from students. Students will begin to present and defend arguments, provide evidence and persuasion in their writing and classroom discussions. The ELA curriculum will have to contain more informational text in K-12. Social Studies and Science content must be included the new curriculums in order to comply with the new Common Core Standards. Early childhood youngsters will have to experience more informational text, in addition to the literature that is traditionally taught.
The Common Core Standards is NOT a curriculum. It is meant to clearly prescribe what children MUST know and learn at the conclusion of every grade. Selected curriculum resources MUST reflect the requirements of the Common Core Standards.
The new K-12 standards are set to be implemented over the next three years and students are expected to perform at a higher level. The NYS K-12 assessments will begin to reflect the rigor of the new standards.
Here at PS 399, will we begin an intense study of the New Common Core Standards and as a result, classroom instruction will begin to reflect their use.
For those who are interested in reviewing the Common Core Standards, please click on to the following link: