New York State adopted the Common Core Standards in July 2010 with the understanding that New York State could add an additional 15% of NYSspecific standards in ELA and Mathematics. The Board of Regents approved the New York State P12 Common Core Learning Standards in January 2011. See the New York State P12 Common Core Learning Standards for Math and ELA.
The Common Core State Standards are fewer, clearer and higher than most state standards, and include rigorous content and application of knowledge through higher order skills. But how do the CCSS compare to the NYS standards? See the table below for some key differences between the current NYS Standards and Common Core State Standards.

 Standards increase in complexity from K12, helping to articulate what students need to know and be able to do along this trajectory and assist with differentiation
 Literacybuilding as a shared responsibility for all content area teachers
 Emphasis on teaching reading of informational text
 Emphasis on steadily increasing students' ability to understand more and more complex text over time
 Integration of research skills across standards and grades
 Emphasis on writing to argue, inform, and explain in the upper grades to prepare students for collegelevel writing
  Fewer topics; more generalizing and linking of concepts
 Wellaligned with the way highachieving countries teach math
 Emphasis on both conceptual understanding and procedural fluency starting in the early grades
 More time to teach and reinforce core concepts from K12
 Some concepts will now be taught later
 Focus on mastery of complex concepts in higher math (e.g., algebra and geometry) via handson learning
 Emphasis on mathematical modeling in the upper grades
