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 provides more details on the New York State Education Department’s adoption of the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS), which were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and educational experts. The CCLS define what students need to know and be able to do in order to be college- and career- ready. While standards specific to science practices and content are in development, the CCLS for English Language Arts & Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects integrate with science content by having students focus on complex informational texts and construct arguments based on evidence from these texts. In the 2012–13 school year, students will complete two literacy assignments that align with the Common Core standards.

Schools in New York City are empowered to choose the science instructional materials that best support 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.