Implementation Of The Common Core Learning Standards
The Common Core State Standards allows states to share a common definition of “readiness” at each grade level by working backwards based on the demands of college and career readiness. Students at every grade level must meet the benchmarks set by the Common Core. These benchmarks are now being taught and assessed at the end of each academic year. The Common Core demands significant shifts in the way we teach, and our teachers are adopting these shifts so that students remain on track towards success in college and workforce training programs.
Beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, the NYSED is re-designing its assessment program. These assessments will measure what students know and can do relative to the grade level of the CCSS. Changes to these assessments will include:
1. Increase in Rigor-The CCSS are back-mapped grade by grade. Many questions are now more advanced and complex than those found on prior assessments.
2. Focus on Text-To answer ELA questions correctly, students will need to read and analyze each passage, and be prepared to carefully consider responses to multiple choice questions. For the constructed response items, students will need to answer questions with evidence gathered from literature and informational texts.
3. Depth in Math-Students will be expected to understand math conceptually, use prerequisite skills with grade level math facts, and solve real world math problems while deciding which formulas and tools (such as protractors or rulers) to use.
Educators, parents and families hold an important role in the implementation of the CCSS. It is important that all stakeholders understand the demands and opportunities of the Common Core in order to ensure that all students are college and career ready.