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Parent's Guide to Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

In 2010, the New York State Board of Regents adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to make sure that all children succeed once they graduate from high school. This guide is designed to help you understand how the standards will affect your child, what changes you will see, and what you can do at home to help your child in the classroom.

Why Are the Common Core State Standards Important?

The Common Core State Standards are important because they will help all children – no matter who they are – learn the same skills. They create clear expectations for what your child should know and be able to do in key areas: reading, writing, speaking and listening, language and mathematics. If you know what these expectations are, then you can work with the teacher and help your child prepare. 

NYSED and OBEWL have created a booklet that will help you better understand how the Common Core affects English Language Learners. The guide has been translated into twenty-five languages, which you can access by clicking on the link below:

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Office of State Assessment Common Core Learning Standards Resources for Parents

Updated: 1/29/2024