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

TO:

Standards Work Group
P-12 Education Committee

FROM:

John B. King, Jr.

SUBJECT:

Approval of recommended additions to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts & Literacy and CCSS for Mathematics and approval of new Prekindergarten Learning Standards

DATE:

December 30, 2010

 

 

AUTHORIZATION(S):      

 

SUMMARY

Issues for Decision
           
Will the Board of Regents approve the recommended P-12 additions to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts & Literacy and CCSS for Mathematics?

Will the Board of Regents approve the recommended Prekindergarten Learning Standards?

Proposed Handling

This item will come before the Standards Work Group and the P-12 Education Committee for decision at the January 2011 meeting.

Reasons for Consideration

In July 2010, New York State adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects and the CCSS for Mathematics to support the Regents Reform Agenda, with the understanding that additional K-12 expectations and prekindergarten standards may be added. According to the timeline adopted by the Board of Regents, the Board is scheduled to act on a decision to approve these recommended additions by January 2011.
 

Also supporting the Regents Reform Agenda and the Race to the Top initiative is the development of the New York State Prekindergarten (PreK) Learning Standards.  These Learning Standards will strengthen instruction in PreK classrooms in all settings, as well as help administrators and educators align PreK Learning standards with the K-12 system.

In spring 2011, after Board action on the recommended additions and prekindergarten standards, the development of statewide P-12 curriculum models for English Language Arts and Mathematics will begin.

Background Information

P-12 additions to the Common Core

In July 2010, groups of P-12 and higher education English Language Arts and Mathematics practitioners met in Albany to analyze the CCSS for ELA and Mathematics and make recommendations for additions. The proposed additions, which represent student achievement expectations for all students, were presented to the Board of Regents in October 2010, with a five-week period of public feedback during the fall. Over 800 teachers, parents, school administrators, and other stakeholders responded to the ELA and Mathematics surveys.

After the survey data was compiled, team leaders from the July Mathematics and ELA workgroups participated in a review and revision session with Department staff on December 6th, 2010. The group analyzed the survey results and made necessary edits based on public input. Included below is a summary of the revisions and final recommendations. The majority of the survey respondents were teachers, with the remainder representing parents, school administrators, and/or other stakeholders.

The drafts of the NYS P-12 Common Core Learning Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy and Mathematics documents will be available at the SED Common Core State Standards website:http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/common_core_standards/

Development of Prekindergarten Standards

The Draft PreK Learning Standards have been developed collaboratively by a workgroup consisting of Department staff and representatives from the NYS Office of Children and Family Services, the NYS Council on Children and Families, and other statewide partners linked to the Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC). An earlier draft was vetted to early childhood administrators and practitioners representing all sectors of the kindergarten feeder system. The PreK Learning Standards include five domains:  Approaches to Learning; Physical Development and Health; Social and Emotional Development; Communication, Language and Literacy; and Cognition and Knowledge of the World.  The communication, language, and literacy as well as the mathematics sections are aligned with the NYS P-12 Common Core Learning Standards for ELA and Literacy and Mathematics.  The adoption and subsequent dissemination of this set of standards will provide the impetus needed to begin to address high-quality early childhood education for children before entry to kindergarten.  The initial Board of Regents discussion of the adoption of these standards occurred on July 19, 2010.

The Draft PreK Learning Standards were presented to the Board of Regents in October 2010, followed by a three-week public comment period.  Over 500 teachers, administrators, and other stakeholders submitted responses to the survey.  A workgroup was then convened to review and revise the PreK Learning Standards based upon the responses to the survey.

Recommended Additions to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy

In July 2010, the ELA Workgroup recommended additions to the Common Core ELA Standards in the following areas:

During the December 2010 revision session, the workgroup reviewed the survey data and made the following decisions: 

Respond to literature by employing knowledge of literary language, textual features, and forms to read and comprehend, reflect upon, and interpret literary texts from a variety of genres and a wide spectrum of American and world cultures.


“Develop personal, cultural, textual, and thematic connections within and across genres as they respond to texts through written, digital, and oral presentations, employing a variety of media and genres.”

The proposed P-12 English Language Arts and Literacy Learning Standards will include 34 anchor (College- and Career-Readiness) standards, plus the related P-12 grade-level standards and recommended grade-level additions for inquiry and culture and diversity.

In addition to the revisions described above, the ELA Workgroup discussed the need for the development of supporting guidance documents to assist administrators and teachers with responding to the needs of English Language Learners and students with disabilities. Additional suggestions were made to develop guidance to support native language arts, digital literacy, metacognition, connections to the arts, and cross-content literacy. The Workgroup also highly recommended that the Department prepare a New York State introduction to the P-12 standards that provides more context to the new set of P-12 standards.

Recommended Additions to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

The July 2010 Workgroup recommended additions to the Common Core Mathematics Standards in the following areas:

The majority of respondents to the November public Mathematics survey agreed that the recommended additional grade level standards for Kindergarten (80%) and First grade (81%) were both necessary and appropriate. The majority of respondents (80%) also agreed that the proposed prekindergarten standards aligned with and supported the student achievement expectations included in the K-12 Common Core State Mathematics Standards. In addition, respondents agreed (61%) that the traditional pathway for the high school courses outlined in the executive summary was appropriate and the comments expressed that it is the preferred direction for New York State.

During the December 2010 revision meeting, the workgroup reviewed the survey data and made the following decisions. 

Development and Revision of Prekindergarten Standards

After the survey data was compiled, workgroup members participated in a review and revision session with Department staff. The group analyzed the survey results and made necessary edits based on public input. Included below is a summary of the revisions and final recommendations.

Next steps for implementation of P-12 standards and development of curriculum models.

Rollout of New York State P-12 Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy and Mathematics

Throughout the fall, Department staff provided several presentations on the Common Core State Standards and proposed additions to curriculum specialists, teachers, and professional organizations. Additionally, a toolkit with Common Core resources, including a timeline with implications for school districts, was posted on the NYSED website to provide additional guidance to the field.  Moving forward, specific training on implementation of the Common Core will be provided to LEAs via the RTTT Network Team structure.  Specifically, a 3-5 day statewide summer training with Common Core experts will be provided to all Network Teams and this will be followed by quarterly trainings, the content of which will be based on continuous feedback from survey results and on-site observations in school districts. 

Implementation of the new New York State standards (inclusive of the Common Core) will begin in all schools in 2011-12.  The reporting of state assessment results for 2011-12 will include performance mapped to both the existing NYS standards and the new NYS standards (inclusive of the Common Core).  In school year 2012-2013, classroom instruction is expected to be fully aligned and assessments will test to the New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy and Mathematics.

Development of Curriculum Models

In December 2010, the Department posted a Request for Information (RFI) to gather input from stakeholders on the necessary components to include in the English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics curriculum models.  After the RFI closes on January 31st, the Department will compile and analyze the information to help inform the development of a Request for Proposal for Curriculum Resource Centers to develop P-12 English Language Arts & Literacy and P-12 Mathematics Curriculum Models.

Based on priorities stated in both New York State’s Race to the Top application and the Department’s P-12 Strategic Vision, these curriculum models are expected to include:

After the RFP is awarded in early spring, the curriculum resource centers will begin work on the development of the curriculum models with input from statewide stakeholders, including teachers, school administrators, higher education representatives, curriculum specialists, and representatives from various New York State professional organizations. The P-12 ELA & Literacy and Mathematics curriculum models will be created to facilitate student achievement of the new P-12 standards and are scheduled to be available to schools during the school year 2012-2013.

Recommendation

VOTED: That the Board of Regents approves the New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards for English Language Arts (ELA) and Literacy; the New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards for Mathematics; and the New York State Prekindergarten Learning Standards.