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

TO:

Standards Work Group

FROM:

John B. King, Jr.

SUBJECT:

New York State Common Core Standards Review and Adoption Process Update

DATE:

June 8, 2010

 


AUTHORIZATION(S):

 

 

SUMMARY

 

Issue for Discussion

New York State Common Core State Standards Review and Adoption      Process Update

             
Procedural History and Background Information

In December 2009, the Board of Regents approved a Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Review and Adoption Process that includes engaging the field in a review of the CCSS. In April 2010, during the Regents Standards Workgroup meeting, the group approved adjustments to the overall review and approval timeline based on a delay in release of the draft materials. The Board of Regents is scheduled to act on the CCSS in July 2010, which is prior to the August 2, 2010 Race to the Top Round Two application deadline for states to adopt the CCSS.

After a period of public feedback in March, the Nation Governors Association for Best Practices/Council of Chief State School Officers (NGA/CCSSO) revised the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects. Concurrent with the national feedback period in March, the State Education Department engaged the public by gathering feedback from two surveys (one for ELA and one for Mathematics) and providing an online toolkit to guide local discussions about the draft materials. Several groups, including Teacher Centers, hosted group dialogues on the draft materials and then asked participants to respond to either the SED survey or the NGA/CCSSO survey. New York State’s survey data and recommendations were compiled and sent to NGA/CCSSO as New York’s response to the March draft.

Overall, respondents to both SED surveys were positive about the CCSS drafts and indicated that the standards adequately represent what students should know and be able to do in Mathematics and English Language Arts, with some exceptions.

Suggestions for both Mathematics and ELA include the following recommendations:

 

 

The final versions of The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects were released on June 2nd, 2010.

Both Common Core State Standards:

 

 

Attachment A includes a general overview of the alignment between the final Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects and our current New York State Mathematics and English Language Arts Learning Standards.  

Next Steps

Information will be disseminated to interested individuals throughout the State on the release and availability of the CCSS in ELA and Mathematics through electronic communications mechanisms, including an updated SED Common Core Standards Initiative website. In July, two groups of professionals (including teachers, administrators, college faculty members and administrators, and cognitive psychologists) will develop recommendations for additional standards to add to the CCSS (up to 15%, as necessary). The two educator committees, including leaders from the Standards Review Initiative, will meet in Albany from July 20th-July 23rd to:

 

 

Additionally, the current phase of the review and adoption process will include individuals who will be charged with providing an independent paper review to assure completeness, clarity, developmental appropriateness, and rigor.

Information from this phase will be compiled and the Department will provide a report with recommendations to the Board of Regents in the fall. After the Board of Regents responds to the information, the report will be shared with the public for feedback.

 


ATTACHMENT A

General overview of the CCSS for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects and how the standards relate to our current English Language Arts Learning Standards

 

For example, the CCSS for ELA and Literacy include the following main strands (illustrative points are included):

                          Reading

Writing

Speaking and Listening


Language

 

 

 

 

New York will need to determine what implications these have for instruction in

other New York State Learning Standard areas.


General overview of the CCSS for Mathematics and how the standards relate to our current Mathematics Learning Standards