Curriculum Supports for the Common Core
NYC is among the first large urban school districts in the nation to recommend new high-quality Core Curriculum materials
for grades K through 8 ELA and math
that align to the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) and promote the instructional shifts. To identify curriculum materials, NYC conducted an extensive research and review process involving over 50 NYC Common Core Fellows, expert teachers from across the city with an average of 15 years teaching experience, national math and literacy experts, including the writers of the Common Core, and districts and states across the nation. The Fellows-led review committee evaluated the strength of over 40 sets of curriculum materials based on the Publishers’ Criteria and the Instructional Materials Review Rubrics for literacy
. NYC schools are not mandated to use any of the Core Curriculum options. School communities should go through a decision-making process this spring to determine which materials best suit the needs of their students and staff. Reviews
of the materials and the publishers’ responses are available in the Core Curriculum ARIS Community
to support schools in this process. The NYC DOE is working to provide high school supports in ELA and math.
PARCC, NY State Assessments and the Common Core
A set of Common Core-aligned assessments intended to evaluate whether students are on track for success in college and careers are being developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers
(PARCC), a consortium of states and Washington D.C. The ELA and Math assessment transition plan
, released by NYSED in March 2012, provides a high level timeline of the tests’ implementation in different grade bands. NYSED has released detailed guidance on updates to the content and format
of the grades 3 through 8 ELA and math state tests, and a set of sample test questions
aligned to the Common Core designed to help educators understand how the Common Core standards and instructional shifts will be represented in the upcoming tests.
To learn more about the Common Core Learning Standards in New York City, check out videos from Teaching Channel: Elementary, Middle and High