Standards are a measure of what students should know and be able to do at the end of each school year. The Common Core Library gives more details on the New York State Education Department’s adoption of the Common Core Learning Standards, which were compiled in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and educational experts. The Common Core defines what students need to know in order to be college- and career-ready. In the 2012–13 school year, students will complete two literacy units that align with the Common Core standards. The Common Core Library holds more information on standards for English and Language Arts, which focus on enabling students to read complex literary and informational texts and construct arguments based on evidence from these texts.

Schools in New York City are empowered to choose the ELA curriculum that best supports the growth of their students; teachers and principals can find examples of Common Core-aligned tasks and instructional supports on EngageNY and the Common Core Library. In New York, English and Language Arts curricula focus on reading, writing, speaking and listening, and media.