The State Education Department has taken a number of steps to provide tools, resources, and support for the implementation of the Common Core and the new evaluation system. They have worked closely with the authors of the standards to identify and explain the 12 instructional shifts essential for successful implementation of the Common Core. Attached are some helpful web sites with educational data tools that support data driven instruction in the classroom. Most resources are posted on EngageNY.org to support this hard work:
- Tri-State Rubric & Review Process - A rubric constructed by the Tri-State collaborative (MA, RI, NY) to help teachers and principals determine the quality, rigor, and alignment to the Common Core of curricular materials;
- Common Core Toolkit - A compilation of many Common Core aligned tools and resources that span assessment and curriculum and can be used as part of professional development workshops;
- NY Math Emphases - Guidance about which content should be the major focus math areas for your students in each grade-level. (As you know, the assessment will prioritize the major work of each grade. This document highlights what that major work is – and could also be a helpful tool for explaining the Common Core in math to parents and others.);
- Curricular Exemplars - Exemplars in both ELA and Math to help serve as a guidepost for what Common Core aligned curricular materials can look like;
- Video Series - Professional development videos that present the instructional shifts in ELA and Math required by the new standards through conversation with David Coleman, a leading author of the Common Core and the incoming President of the College Board;
- NY State 3-8 Assessment Sample Items - Approximately 12 sample items for each grade level and subject, which include multiple choice, short constructed response, and extended constructed response; and
- Common Core Aligned Curriculum Maps for ELA and Math - Draft curriculum maps for ELA and Math, grades K-5, which help outline how the Common Core can be taught over the course of the academic year.