About Common Core

Until now, each state has had its own set of student learning standards. Instruction has varied greatly from district to district, and even from school to school. That's why NYSUT supports the concept of Common Core standards. The goal is to provide a clear, consistent "core" of standards so that all children have access to an excellent education, regardless of ZIP code.

New York is one of many states across the nation that have voluntarily adopted the new Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and math. Of course, standards alone can't advance student learning. Educators must be given the resources, tools and time to adjust their practice. And students must be provided with appropriate instruction, learning materials and assessments to measure their progress. Common Core has great potential - but only if it's done right.

NYSUT supports the Common Core Learning Standards as they are deeper, clearer, and if implemented appropriately, they have the potential to improve student learning.  Educators across New York state have made it clear that additional resources are required to make the implementation of the Common Core standards a success. NYSUT has developed this section of NYSUT.org as a starting point for Common Core resources, to assist members in identifying and organizing potential resources.

NYSUT's Subject Area Committee members have developed the Common Core anchor lessons found on this site. These practitioners benefited from participation in multiple professional development opportunities and met as a group on several occasions to develop these lessons. The lessons were evaluated using the Tri-State Rubric advocated by the New York State Education Department.

The lessons cover multiple grade levels and subject areas in addition to the most often-referenced areas of mathematics and English Language Arts, including: Social Studies, Family & Consumer Science, Foreign Languages, Special Education, Science, and Literacy at the kindergarten level.

These lessons and accompanying video clips are intended to be used as templates for Common Core lessons and as a reference point for discussions concerning implementation of the Common Core standards. The videos capture key points of the development process including where the lesson creators began, the struggles they encountered, and the ultimate successes they enjoyed. They provide authentic feedback on what worked and what did not.

This web site also includes additional resources for members and each resource is accompanied by a brief explanation of what it is and why it was included on this site.

The Common Core State Standards:

  • Prepare students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in college and work
  • Provide educators, parents and students with clear focuses guideposts.
  • Consistent expectations, regardless of a student's ZIP code
  • Include both content and the application of knowledge
  • Build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards and standards of top-performing nations
  • Realistic, for effective use in the classroom
  • Informed by other top performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society
  • Evidence and research-based.

Why Now?

  • Different standards across states
  • Student mobility, military families
  • Global competition
  • Today's jobs require different skills