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 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 defines what students need to know in order to be college and career ready. This year, students in New York City will complete two Common Core-aligned literacy assignments. While Common Core standards specific to social studies practices and content have not yet been written, the CCLS for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies integrate with social studies content by having students focus on complex texts and constructing arguments based on evidence from these texts.

Schools in New York City are empowered to choose the social studies 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.