Meeting of the Board of Regents | October 2010
Report of the
REGENTS STANDARDS WORK GROUP
The Board of Regents
October 19, 2010
Your Standards Work Group held its scheduled meeting on October 18, 2010. All Work Group members were present.
MATTERS NOT REQUIRING BOARD ACTION
Update on the Common Core State Standards for ELA and Mathematics and the Development of “Next Generation Science Standards” – the Standards Work Group discussed initiatives related to the adoption of the Common Core State Standards. The Group was provided with an overview of the P-12 and higher education ELA and mathematics practitioners meetings held in July. Both groups made recommendations for adding a small number of student achievement expectations unique to New York State. The recommendations represent what all students, including students with disabilities and English language learners should know and be able to do to be prepared for college and careers. The Work Group also discussed the CCSS relationship to the PreK learning standards. The PreK learning standards document will connect to the P-12 learning standards, but will be a stand alone guide to early learning. In late fall, collection and analysis of public comment on the proposed additions to the ELA and mathematics CCSS will be conducted with proposed recommendations to the Regents in January 2011.
The Work Group also discussed the Department’s effort to be engaged in the development of the “Next Generation Science Standards” (NGSS) through the National Research Council’s (NRC) conceptual framework. This framework is the first step in a process for revising the existing standards in K-12 science education. The anticipated date for release of the final framework document by NRC is early 2011.
The Work Group also discussed Race to the Top timelines as they related to curriculum models, assessments and the development and implementation of Network Teams. [SW (D) 1]
That concludes my report.
James C. Dawson