(office located at 1 Academy Park, Albany, NY 12207)
(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
The common core and English language arts
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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
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.