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Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS)

To date, 47 states have adopted the CCLS. On January 10th, 2011, the NYS Board of Regents approved the recommended additions to the Common Core Learning Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy and Common Core Learning Standards for Mathematics, plus a new set of Prekindergarten Standards. 

The goal of the CCLS is for every student to gain the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in their next steps beyond school, either college or a career, recognizing that they will live and work in an increasingly integrated and competitive economy. The CCLS were developed using the following criteria: aligned with expectations for college and career success; include both content and the application of knowledge through high-order skills; build upon strengths and lessons of current stat standards and standards of top-performing nations.

The standards were designed to ensure that all students, regardless of where they live or what school they attend, are learning what they need to graduate from high school with the ability, not just to recite knowledge, but to apply knowledge to real work challenges. The standards reflect the needs from a highly skilled workforce that has mastered academic content, able to think critically, solve complex problems, and communicate effectively. 

Instructional Shifts of the CCLS

Six Shifts in ELA/Literacy

  • Balancing Information and Literacy Text
  • Building Knowledge in the Disciplines
  • Staircase of Complexity
  • Text-Based Answers
  • Writing From Sources
  • Academic Vocabulary

Six Shifts in Math

  • Focus
  • Coherence
  • Fluency
  • Deep Understanding
  • Applications
  • Dual Intensity

The Modules are used as a guide to implementation of the CCLS. Teachers have the flexibility to use their professional judgment, experience, knowledge, skills and resources to modify, not abandon the modules. Existing resources can be used to supplement purchased materials and resources that support the CCLS and the outcomes intended by the Modules. Approximately 75% of districts in NYS have adopted the Modules including 7 of the 9 districts in the Madison-Oneida BOCES region.


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