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THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234

TO:

P-12 Education Committee/Standards Work Group

FROM:

John B. King, Jr.

SUBJECT:

New York Common Core State Standards Adoption

DATE:

July 12, 2010

   

AUTHORIZATION(S):      

 

 

SUMMARY

 

Issue for Decision

Will the New York State Board of Regents adopt the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects and the CCSS for Mathematics as new learning standards for New York State, with the understanding that our state may add additional K-12 expectations (up to 15%, as necessary) and adopt aligned Pre-Kindergarten standards?

             

Proposed Handling

The question will come before a joint meeting of the Regents P-12 Education Committee and the Regents Standards Work Group for action at its July 2010 meeting.

Procedural History and Background Information

Since April 2009, New York State, along with 47 other states, two territories, and the District of Columbia, has been involved in the development of Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics, an initiative coordinated by the National Governors Association for Best Practices (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The New York State Education Department has provided written and verbal input throughout the development process and gathered feedback from the public through its online Common Core State Standards Initiative website.

During the June meeting of the Board of Regents, Commissioner David Steiner and Senior Deputy Commissioner John King presented a comprehensive overview of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects and CCSS for Mathematics. The Board discussed these standards and commented on matters related to New York’s adoption of a new set of standards in ELA and Mathematics and the development of assessments that will measure them.

In order to meet the August 2, 2010 Race to the Top Round Two application deadline for states to adopt the CCSS, New York State must decide whether to adopt the final set of CCSS for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects and CCSS for Mathematics.  Based on public feedback and Board discussion, we recommend that the Regents adopt the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects and CCSS for Mathematics, with the understanding that our state may add additional achievement expectations (up to 15% of the total, as necessary) to ensure New York State students will have standards that will prepare them for college, careers, and productive citizenry.  As of early July 2010, 20 states have formally adopted the Common Core State Standards according to the CCSSO.

Over the summer, two groups of stakeholders (including teachers, administrators, college faculty members and administrators, members of the Standards Review Initiative, and cognitive psychologists) will analyze the Common Core State Standards and develop recommendations for additional material in English Language Arts and Mathematics (up to 15%, as necessary). The two committees, including leaders from the Standards Review Initiative, will meet in Albany from July 20th-23rd to develop a proposed draft of K-12 NYS Learning Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics that includes the Common Core State Standards (85%) and additional recommended NYS Standards (up to 15%). To support the Board of Regents’ plan to include early education expectations, the English Language Arts and Mathematics committees will also outline prekindergarten standards (representing the year prior to kindergarten), since they are not included in the K-12 Common Core State Standards.

These recommendations will be shared with the Board of Regents in the fall and then shared with the public for feedback. By January 2011, the Board of Regents will review and act on a new set of P-12 NYS Learning Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics that includes the Common Core State Standards (85%) and additional recommended NYS Standards as needed.  

As expressed during the June presentation, both sets of Common Core State Standards:

 

 

              The development of the Common Core State Standards went through a process that included feedback from content experts, teachers, researchers, and the general public. Dr. Dorothy Strickland (Rutgers University-Retired), Dr. Michael Kamil (Stanford University), and Dr. Catherine Snow (Harvard University), three researchers who contributed to the Regents Standards Review Initiative, were also involved in the development of the Common Core State Standards, either as part of the ELA Work Team or the Validation Committee.

Overall, both the CCSS for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects and CCSS for Mathematics compare well to our current NYS ELA and Mathematics Standards. A summary of each set of standards and general comments about how the CCSS compare to our current set of ELA and Mathematics Standards was provided in a June 8th, 2010 Regents discussion item.

Next Steps

Staff recommends the Board of Regents adopt the CCSS for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects and the CCSS for Mathematics as new learning standards for New York State, with the understanding that our state may add additional K-12 expectations (up to 15%, as necessary). Recommendations for additional NYS standards (up to 15%) and aligned Pre-Kindergarten standards will be brought to the Regents in the fall for discussion and then shared with the public for comment. After the Board of Regents adopts the final set of ELA and Mathematics P-12 Learning Standards, the Department will develop additional curriculum and instruction resources for teachers and students, including English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities. The new P-12 combined standards will be introduced in the spring of 2011 and will be implemented in New York State schools beginning with the 2011-2012 school year.