Common Core Resources

Common Core Professional Development
Ready-to-use toolkits for delivering professional development for the Common Core

NYS Common Core Curriculum & Assessments
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is engaging teachers, administrators, and education experts across the State and nation in the creation of curriculum resources, instructional materials, professional development materials, samples of test questions, test specifications, and other test-related materials that will help with the transition to the New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS).
Common Core Video Library
This video library is an innovative and differentiated resource that brings the Common Core instructional shifts, teacher and leadership evaluation and data driven instruction to life. The library, which will house hundreds of videos from around New York state, captures teaching and evaluation along a developmental arc and tags for characteristics like grade level, subject area, Common Core Standards and instructional shifts and teacher and leader evaluation rubric indicators. Videos range in length from short 5 minute clips to longer views of lessons up to 40 minutes.
Common Core Lesson Planner
This FREE Common Core Standards Tool for Kindergarten through 12th grade will help to serve as a map assisting teachers with planning instruction, crafting their own lessons and linking their plans with the standards. Core Planner enables you to check and document Common Core Standards for Math and English as they apply to each lesson plan.
Common Core Shifts
Begin implementing the shifts with clear and concrete action steps that can be tackled this school year. Many resources on this website.
This two-page document explains the shifts in more detail.
Common Core Standards for Kindergarten through 12th grade serve as a map assisting teachers with planning instruction, crafting their own lessons and linking their plans with the standards. Core Planner enables you to check and document Common Core Standards for Math and English as they apply to each lesson plan.
This toolkit is very helpful in planning to integrate Common core into instruction.
Each of these exemplars features the following: readings tasks in which students are asked to read and reread passages and respond to a series of text dependent questions; vocabulary and syntax tasks which linger over noteworthy or challenging words and phrases; discussion tasks in which students are prompted to use text evidence and refine their thinking; and writing tasks that assess student understanding of the text.
Educators can start by learning how to distinguish between text dependent and non-text dependent, between quality and trivial questions, and by crafting their own text dependent questions. A lightweight way to begin implementing the ELA/literacy standards is to review existing ELA/literacy materials for text dependent questions and to in turn write new text dependent questions in response to texts used in ELA, science, and social studies classrooms
Rather than racing to cover everything in today’s mile-wide, inch-deep curriculum, educators are encouraged to use the power of the eraser and significantly narrow and deepen the way time and energy is spent in the math classroom. Focus deeply on only those concepts that are emphasized in the standards so that students can gain strong foundational conceptual understanding, a high degree of procedural skill and fluency, and the ability to apply the math they know to solve problems inside and outside the math classroom.
This collection of resources intends to provide deeper insight into the instructional shifts required by the math standards.
This website hosts lesson resources and videos of classroom instruction that exemplify the Common Core key shifts.
This site provides free, high-quality resources to educators now doing the hard work of implementing these higher standards in their schools.
In this article...“…consistency with the international benchmark set by top-achieving countries shows that the CCSS are coherent, focused and rigorous, key attributes of math standards from countries that outperform the U.S. on international assessments.”
In this article....“What the common core asks us to do is to stop doing all of the work of reading for our students, to stop stealing the fun of reading and put it back in their hands.”
In this essay, Roger Howe, a mathematician at Yale University, discusses the Grade 1 Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. He emphasizes the importance of building a strong foundation on crucial "ingredients" early on, advocating for focus on arithmetic. "Since mathematics is a cumulative subject," Howe states, "getting started right is important... Some woould argue that geometry or data or early algebra should also get attention, and there is probably room time to do something about some of these, but starting arithmetic off right is the essential task of first grade."
This is a series of materials, websites and guides aimed at helping parents and students navigate the Common Core Standards.

Parents and Family - Common Core Resources

A critical component of a student’s success in school is dependent on what and how they learn at home. The Toolkit for Parents and Families is a collection of materials and resources that will help parents and families understand the New York State education reform initiatives and how the changes will help your child graduate from high school ready for college and careers. We encourage parents and families to use these tools in conjunction with resources and information you receive from your child’s school and teachers.