Why Common Core? Watch This Video to Find Out!
You’ve heard us speaking about the Common Core Learning Standards since their release in 2010. If you’re still not sure why this movement started, watch the video at this link: https://vimeo.com/35582292
Common Core Learning Standards
To see the New York State Common Core Learning Standards for literacy and math, go to http://engageny.org
Common Core Assessments
Too often, people lump together the CCLS with the assessments designed to evaluate students’ understanding of the CCLS. In New York State elementary schools, children are tested yearly in grades 3-5. All students in those grades take multi-day exams in ELA (English Language Arts) and mathematics. Children in 4th grade are also tested in science, which is not a Common Core subject. Each year, the New York State Education Department releases select questions from the previous year’s exams. You can find those on Engageny.org.
Want to know what’s going on in the main academic areas from month to month? Contact Ellen Maurer for curriculum highlights in math, reading, writing, science and social studies . Remember, these are curriculum planning guidelines only . Your child’s teacher is always differentiating, so he or she is the best person to contact with curriculum questions.