• The link below will guide you to the NYS common core learning standards for ELA that has been implemented since 2011.  Also, below you will find the link for the NYS Next Generation ELA and Literacy Standards that are in the process of being implemented; with full implementation occurring in the Fall of 2020.
    The Common Core Learning Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy define general, cross-disciplinary literacy expectations that must be met for students (Standards) and characteristics of CCLS instruction.  The Standards are organized into four overlapping strands: Reading, Writing, Language and Speaking/Listening.  Because the CCLS present an integrated model of literacy, the Standards mutually inform one another.

    A successful integration of the Standards will provide students with necessary fluency, comprehension, analytic and communication skills necessary to be on track for college- and career-readiness.  The integration of the Standards into instruction will also require instructional shifts, which are born out in the specific fluency, comprehension, analytic and communication expectations stated in the Standards.

    As a result of CCLS-aligned instructions, Students will readily undertake the close, attentive reading that is at the heart of understanding and enjoying complex works of literature. They will habitually perform the critical reading necessary to pick carefully through the staggering amount of information available today in print and digitally. They will actively seek the wide, deep, and thoughtful engagement with high-quality literary and informational texts that builds knowledge, enlarges experience, and broadens worldviews.

    They reflexively demonstrate the cogent reasoning and use of evidence that is essential to both private deliberation and responsible citizenship in a democratic republic. In short, students who meet the Standards develop the skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening that are the foundation for any creative and purposeful expression in language.

    NYS Next Generation Standards:

    Next Generation Standards Roadmap and Implementation Timeline


    The revised New York State Standards aim to reimagine 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. While the Standards were designed to apply to the teaching and learning of all students in our state’s schools and are the result of collaborative and deliberate efforts between a diverse range of instructional experts, school leaders and parents, the supporting documents that are linked with the Standards provide additional guidance on implementation of the Standards with English Language Learners (ELLs), Multilingual Learners (MLLs), and Students with Disabilities (SWDs). It is the intention of the Board of Regents that these standards serve the intended function in our schools: preparing our students to become lifelong learners and thinkers, as well as active participants in civil, community and professional endeavors.

    Instructional Shifts Required by the Common Core
    In 2011, NYSED, in conjunction with Student Achievement Partners, developed 12 instructional shifts from the Common Core that educators should adhere to so that curriculum materials and classroom instruction are aligned with the CCLS. There are six shifts in English Language Arts/Literacy:
    Common Core Shifts in ELA/Literacy
    Shift 1 Pre-K-5, Balancing Informational & Literary Texts
    Shift 2 6-12, Knowledge in the Disciplines
    Shift 3 Staircase of Complexity
    Shift 4 Text-based Answers
    Shift 5 Writing from Sources
    Shift 6 Academic Vocabulary