As described in Raising the Bar, the Office of Academics in the New York City Department of Education is dedicated to ensuring that all students are college- and career-ready by graduation. New York City schools aim to provide students with a culture of high expectations and the knowledge they need to become successful, lifelong learners. As part of this goal, New York State has adopted the Common Core Learning Standards, which are detailed in the Common Core Library and EngageNY. The Common Core Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governor's Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers aimed at instilling a common understanding for students, parents, and educators about what students should know and be able to do by the time they graduate high school to succeed in college and careers. New York City has already begun to transition to the Common Core, and will fully implement the standards in the 2014–15 school year.

The Office of Academics works with network leaders, city partners, schools, and teachers to strengthen instruction and set expectations for teachers and students to achieve the Common Core standards. During the 2012–13 school year, New York City students will complete at least two Common Core-aligned instructional units in math and two in literacy. As part of the shift to these rigorous standards, the Office of Academics encourages quality teaching through using Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching. To learn more about how New York City schools will meet the Common Core’s expectations, visit this page in the Common Core Library.

In addition to the high school graduation requirements, the New York City pre-kindergarten to 8 and high school Expect Success guides contain useful information for families about the City's Children First school reforms, what students are learning, and the kinds of services that are available to the City's public school students. Both the Guide and the For Families page of the Common Core Library provide information about how families can get involved in their children’s education, and how they can find answers, help, and support.

Within the Office of Academics, five offices work together toward the goal of making all students ready for college and careers. Each office is responsible for the following work:

Office of Academic Quality

  • Academic Evaluation
  • Assessment Portfolio
  • Common Core Fellows
  • Common Core Library
  • Knowledge Sharing
  • Middle School Quality Initiative

Office of Achievement Resources

  • Achievement Support Initiatives
  • Children First Intensives
  • Common Core Lab Site Schools
  • Local Measures
  • Service Desk

Office of Postsecondary Readiness

  • Access and Family Initiatives
  • Career and Technical Education
  • Connected Foundations
  • Expanded Success Initiative
  • Multiple Pathways to Graduation
  • Postsecondary Planning
  • Work-Based Learning/Learning to Work

Office of School Programs and Partnerships

  • Arts
  • Connected Learning
  • Instructional Programs
  • Library Services
  • Program and Partner Portfolio

Office of School Quality

  • Alternative Quality Review
  • Quality Review
  • State Quality Review