Common Core & Curriculum

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:

It will help explain how the CCLS will help prepare students for college and career readiness.  If you have questions about the CCLS, please feel free to contact Mrs. Migliano or Ms. Koatz.

Common Core Learning Standards

To see the New York State Common Core Learning Standards for literacy and math, go to

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

Curriculum Highlights

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. 



  1. Does PS 196 have integrated technology in the classrooms such as The GO Math interactive smartboards?

  2. Is there individualized learning for kindergarten kids who have advanced abilities in reading and math? What if a child can already read at 2 grade levels above?

    • There are local after school programs run by organizations such as the Central Queens Y and All Kids Can Learn. We also have an independent program that is run in our school. You can get more information at

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