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EMSC Committee


John B. King, Jr.


Common Core Standards Review and Adoption Process


December 7, 2009


Goal 1






Issue for Decision

Should the Board of Regents support the following process for review and adoption of the Common Core Standards? 



Reason(s) for Consideration

              Review of policy.


Background Information


              Through its Standards Review Initiative (SRI) NYS has taken a proactive stance in the development of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governor’s Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts.   Under the leadership of Regent Saul B. Cohen, the SRI Leadership Team provided input on the ELA CCSS prior to the development and release of the initial draft public comment.  The SRI Leadership Team provides ongoing feedback to CCSSO/NGA on each iteration and has conducted several side-by-side comparisons of the proposed NYS draft ELA/ESL Learning Standards to the Common Core State Standards throughout their development.  This ongoing analysis will continue to inform world class standards for all NYS students.

              The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governor’s Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices released an “incomplete draft of the ELA and mathematics standards” for public comment on November 13, 2009.  In the Department’s December 4, 2009 response, Commissioner Steiner noted:




The final draft of the Common Core Standards in ELA and mathematics is expected to be released in early January 2010.  In anticipation of the release of the final draft document, the following plan for engaging the field in a review, alignment to existing NYS learning standards and adoption of a combination of standards and performance expectations (85% NGA/CCSSO Common Core Standards; 15% State developed as judged necessary) is attached.


Staff recommends that the Regents take the following action:

VOTED: That the Board of Regents direct staff to implement the review and adoption process for the Common Core State Standards and support the development of college- and career-readiness standards for ELA and mathematics learning standards and grade by grade performance expectations. 

Timetable for Implementation

              Upon approval by the Regents, Department staff will implement the plan outlined in the attachment entitled Common Core Standards Review and Adoption Process.


Common Core Standards Review and Adoption Process

Phase I:           Public Review and Comment NGA/CCSSO ELA/Mathematics Standards (December 2009 – February 2010)

December 16, 2009


December 16, 2009


January 29, 2010



February 9, 2010


Phase II:          Propose a revised set of NYS Learning Standards for ELA/ Mathematics (March 2010 – April 2010)

April 1, 2010


Phase III:         Public Review, Comment and Adoption of NYS Learning Standards for ELA and Mathematics (April 2010 – July 2010)

April 20, 2010


May 18, 2010


July 10, 2010


July 20, 2010


Phase IV:        Design ELA and Math curriculum frameworks, align professional development and pre-service education, and integrate new standards into virtual high school.  (Revise/create standards in other subjects, beginning with science and social studies.)

Implementation of the Board of Regents approved ELA and Mathematics Standards will include development of curriculum frameworks, alignment of professional development and pre-service education as well as opportunity for online coursework through the development of a virtual high school. As resources become available, the Department will engage the field in the revision of all NYS learning standards with priority given to science and social studies.