The disruption caused by COVID-19 in the spring of the 2019-2020 school year required educators to abruptly modify their curriculum and to remotely deliver content that had been designed for in-person instruction. Consequently, students may not have absorbed the skills and knowledge embedded in those standards to the same degree and depth had the instruction occurred in the classroom.
To help educators best prepare their students for the 2020-2021 school year, we have created documents listing all the Common Core Learning Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics. Previous grade-level standards are arranged next to current grade-level standards. The formatting of this document allows educators to note whether instruction was face-to-face or remotely executed. Designed to foster dialogue between current teacher(s) and the previous year’s teacher(s), this resource may help educators identify the method that was used to teach each standard as well as to provide recommendations for the 2020-2021 school year.
Currently, school districts need to ensure that educators are planning for and teaching all standards within their respective courses, as well as to meet the needs of all learners for the 2020-2021 school year. It is important to be mindful that all students have equitable access to high quality rigorous instructional opportunities and experiences, provided by highly qualified, certified teaching professionals, competent in the content or discipline of the course.
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) and the Board of Regents believe that the physical and mental health, safety, and well-being of the children and adults in our schools are paramount. As the school year gets underway, NYSED will be mindful of the many uncertainties faced statewide. We will continuously monitor the situation and provide updated guidance as the situation requires.