Common Core, NextGen Standards & Curriculum

Next Generation Standards–NextGen Standards

The revised New York State Standards aim to re-imagine the educational framework for English language arts and mathematics, with the goal of better supporting educators in their instructional practice and to provide additional guidance on achieving a vision of 21st century literacy.  The NextGen Standards will be in full affect starting in September 2020, and students will be tested on those standards in 2021.  Here is an 2-page overview sheet (NextGen Standards At-a-Glance).  You can find out more at:

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 our Parent Coordinator in the Main Office 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. 


7 thoughts on “Common Core, NextGen Standards & Curriculum

  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?

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