Common CoreAn introduction and FAQ to the changes in New York State Learning Standards - K. Crowley
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Who, What, When, Where, WhyThe Common Core State Standards provide aconsistent, clear understanding of what students areexpected to learn, so teachers and parents knowwhat they need to do to help them. The standards aredesigned to be robust and relevant to the real world,reflecting the knowledge and skills that our youngpeople need for success in college and careers. WithAmerican students fully prepared for the future, ourcommunities will be best positioned to competesuccessfully in the global economy.
Who• All schools in NYC and the state of New York
What• Presently, the Common Core addresses the following • Mathematics standards • Literacy Standards • Literacy through Content (including technology)• It does not yet address – • ELL education • Special Education modifications• Specific Social Studies and Science standards
When• Tentatively speaking – the time line for Common Core implementation is as follows –• Summer 2010 – Summer intensive training on Common Core for school staff• 2010 – 2011 School administration and support staff provide no less then two experiences with the Core Standards• 2011 – 2012 – Core Standards begin to phase in and State Standards in Literacy and Math phase out• 2012 – 2013 – Core Standards take over.• 2014 – 2015 – State Assessments align to Common Core through a new administration of testing know as PARCC or Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers
Where• New York adopted the Common Core Standards on July 19th 2010.• 35 other states have adopted the Common Core curriculum including New Jersey, Connecticut, and California.• Some notable states that have yet to adopt the curriculum include Texas, Virginia, and Alaska
Why• In order to qualify for funding (or more specifically to get more points) for the race for the top funding New York State needed to align standards to at least two other states. The best way to do this was Common Core Standards.
So what does this mean -There are still many questions that donot have answers –For example we don’t know if New Yorkwill align State Assessments before2014 – 2015We also don’t know if the standards willchange in Science and Social Studies
For math specifically -There are fewer topics and more generalizing and linking ofconcepts – This method is well aligned with the way high-achieving countries teach mathEmphasis on both conceptual understanding and proceduralfluency starting in the early grades – More time to teach and reinforce core concepts form K – 12 – Some concepts will now be taught laterFocus on mastery of complex concepts in high math (i.e. –algebra and geometry) via hands on learningEmphasis on mathematical modeling in the upper grades.
For literacy specifically -Standards increase in complexity from K – 12 helping toarticulate what students need to know and be able to do alongwith trajectory and assist with differentiation – Teachers form K – 12 will need to focus on the same higher order skills and apply them in increasingly complex ways over timeLiteracy-building as a shared responsibility for all content areateachers – Teacher s in Science and Social Studies will be reguired to gain expertise around literacy development – Teachers will need to be more deliberate about choosing a wide array of reading materials.Emphasis on teaching reading of informational text – College and work demand that students read and analyze information text from various sources. Because of this there is more emphasis on teaching these skills.
For literacy specifically -Emphasis on steadily increasing students’ ability to understandmore and more complex text over time.Integration of research skills across standards and grades – The information processing demands of our modern society and the vast amount of information being produced on a daily basis, we can no longer wait until the upper grades to teach our students how to conduct research papers and write to inform and persuade.Emphasis on writing to argue, inform, and explain in the uppergrades to prepare students for college level writing – Teacher are not told “how to get there,” only where to go.
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