Learning standards describe the foundation of what students should know and be able to do in each grade. These standards ensure that all children are prepared to move forward to the next grade and, later, to succeed in college, earn a living, and become productive members of their communities. Children need to develop a love of learning that will serve them well in a world where crucial information changes and grows rapidly.
To find work in the competitive global economy and function in a quickly changing world, our children will need to know more than ever before. This is true for graduates who plan to enroll in four-year colleges; it is equally true for students who want to start careers right out of high school.
The New York State standards we use are designed to provide our students with rigorous curricula to ensure that they develop the creativity, critical thinking skills, and ability to problem solve that they will need to meet the challenges of the modern world. But standards are a starting point, not a destination. By meeting and building on a solid foundation of knowledge, our students will get the most from their education.
Here you will find examples of what students from kindergarten through eighth grade should know and be able to do by the end of the school year in language arts. You also will find ways you can support learning as a family, including things you can do at home, in your neighborhood, and around our great City.
This guide provides only a small sample of the standards for kindergarten through eighth grade. What about the other standards? What will your child be learning in grades? You can find answers to all these questions from your child’s teacher or on our Web site at www.nyc.gov/schools/academics.
Good Study Habits
To help your child develop good study habits:
For other ideas, visit www.nyc.gov/schools/academics.
Students with Disabilities
Unless otherwise stated on the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP), students with disabilities will participate in the general education curriculum, which can be adapted for different instructional levels and different settings (such as Collaborative Team Teaching classes or self-contained special education classes). Adaptations may include using instructional aids such as calculators and visual aids, providing additional time to learn new skills, and reducing the length of assignments to help students with disabilities meet the standards.
Ask Your Child’s Teacher
Learning standards provide a great opportunity for you to talk with teachers about what your child is learning in school and how you can support this learning at home. Here are some questions you may want to ask.
To Learn More About a Standard:
To Learn how Your Child is Doing in School:
To learn how to support your child: