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English Language Arts

Lynn Strang, Elementary Instructional Supervisor

(office located at 1 Academy Park, Albany, NY 12207)



Jen Houlihan, Secondary Humanities Instructional Supervisor

(office located at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, 1 Elbel Court, Albany, NY 12209)



Like most school districts around the country, the City School District of Albany is incorporating “common core standards” into the English language arts (ELA) and math courses taught in your child's school.


In short, these national standards describe the skills and knowledge your child needs to succeed in a rapidly changing world, including the ability to think creatively, solve real-world problems, make effective arguments, and engage in debates.


What is the common core?

"The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy."

 -- Mission Statement from


The common core in our district

New York state adopted the common core state standards on July 19, 2010. State officials also added prekindergarten standards, an additional standard in ELA and slight modifications in math to create the common core learning standards specific to our state.


The City School District of Albany is working to align the K-12 ELA and math curriculum to the New York state common core learning standards. This work began in the 2011-2012 school year and continues. Implementation will be ongoing as we seek to provide a rigorous education to Albany’s children that will prepare them for college and career.


The common core and English language arts

Click on one of the video links below to learn more.

More on the common core

What is the 'Common Core State Standards Initiative'?

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort that established a single set of clear educational standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts and mathematics that states voluntarily adopt.


The standards are designed to ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to enter credit- bearing, entry-level courses in two- or four-year college programs or enter the workforce. The standards are clear and concise to ensure that parents, teachers and students have a clear understanding of the expectations in reading, writing, speaking and listening, language and mathematics in school.


Common core state standards in English language arts and math have been adopted in 45 states in the nation.


What do the common core state standards mean for my child?

"The standards provide clarity and consistency in what is expected of student learning across the country. This initiative helps provide all students with an equal opportunity for an education, regardless of where they live. The Common Core State Standards will not prevent different levels of achievement among students, but they will ensure more consistent exposure to materials and learning experiences through curriculum, instruction, and teacher preparation among other supports for student learning."





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