Common Core State Standards

What are the Common Core State Standards, and how do they affect my child?

One of the more revolutionary changes the New York State Education Department has recently made is the adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as a result of the federal Race To The Top (RTT) initiative.

The goal of Common Core curriculum, one pillar (APPR is another) of the larger federal Race to the Top education reform initiative that aims to improve the quality of instruction in our schools and, in turn, improve student performance and college and career readiness.

Watch the Council of the Great City Schools’ video about the Common Core State Standards.

Establishing common education standards throughout the nation ensures that all children, regardless of geography, socioeconomic status, or life history, receive an education that values their potential.

The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The Standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.

The transition and implementation of the new Math and English Language Arts (ELA) Common Core State Standards are mandated by the state. On this page you will find a number of resources, communications and updated information pertaining to the Common Core State Standards.

State Testing Information

Watch a video from EngageNY about the shifts in testing for children in grades 3-8 as it relates to the Common Core Standards.