NYC and the Common Core

New York City and the Common Core

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, with ELL supports, for grades K- 8 in ELA and math that align to the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) and promote the instructional shifts. NYC is working to provide high school supports in ELA and math.

Citywide Curriculum Professional Development 

This summer, the DOE is offering professional development sessions for schools using the following Core Curriculum programs. Teachers should speak with their principals before attending these sessions.   
  • Pearson's ReadyGen (K-5, ELA)
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's Go Math! (K-5, math)
  • Scholastic's Code X (6-8, ELA)
  • Pearson's Connected Math Project 3 (6-8, math)
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's Collections (9-12, literacy)
Learn more about the professional development on Common Core-aligned curriculum and instruction that the DOE provided during the 2014-15 school year.

The below FAQs offer guidance to support educators in implementing the Core Curriculum:

NY State Assessments and the Common Core

New York State is part of a consortium of states, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), working together to develop new state assessments. The Board of Regents has not yet determined if New York State will administer PARCC assessments. More information about Common Core assessments in New York State is availabe on

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: ElementaryMiddle and High