IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NEW YORK STATE COMMON CORE LEARNING STANDARDS (CCSS) IN MATHEMATICS K – 12

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    The new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics “define what all students are expected to know and be able to do” to succeed in college and careers. This means that the standards established grade level benchmarks and a trajectory of skill development. The benchmarks emphasize that student progress and growth takes time and that it is not the sole responsibility of one teacher, but a shared responsibility across the K-12 curriculum. 

     

     

    IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NEW YORK STATE COMMON CORE LEARNING STANDARDS (CCSS) IN MATHEMATICS K – 12

     

    In response to the CCSS’s significant changes in mathematics, professional development started in the summer of 2011 and continued in the summer of 2012. Full day presentations by Brian Cohen, member of the NYS Advisory Panel and the Executive Board for the Association of Math Teachers in NYS (AMTNYS), provided teachers with a foundational understanding of the new Mathematical Practices of the CCSS and the revised sequence of math topics. Brian participated in the review and adoption of the NYS CCSS for Mathematics and was an excellent resource for our math educators.

     

    Throughout the year teachers also participated in BOCES sponsored workshops and the Long Island Math conferences offered at SUNY College at Old Westbury Campus. These opportunities offered teachers experiences in problem solving, particularly working with problems with multiple solutions as models for the new assessments.  Although NYS Math assessments will not reflect the new CC math standard until spring 2013, teachers now have a foundational understanding of the changes in content that will occur at each grade level.

     

    As a result of increased knowledge and awareness of the CCSS in Mathematics, the Office of Curriculum and Instruction supported curriculum projects that started the process of realigning the topics, skills, and concepts to match the demands of the CCSS.  At the secondary level, teachers realigned the Integrated Algebra curriculum as well as the 8th Grade Accelerated curriculum.  This was necessary as the Accelerated 8 students also take the NYS Math assessment, which will fully integrate the Common Core Math standards in the 2013.  Topics have been shifted from current grade 8 to grade 7 to include all the changes in the each domain.  Domains of Mathematics include Counting and Cardinality, Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Number and Operations in Base Ten, Number and Operations—Fractions, Measurement and Data, Geometry, Ratio and Proportional Relationships, The Number System, Expressions and Equations, Statistics and Probability, and Functions.

     

    Significant work and professional development will continue in 2012-2013 to realign math topics, curriculum documents, and to provide teachers opportunities to gain a thorough understanding of how to integrate the new Common Core mathematical practices and learning standards in their instruction.

     

    Ongoing support was also provided by Dr. Helen Browne, chairperson of science and math departments at the Jr./Sr. High School, who attended both Science and Math Coordinators’ Network meetings where the latest information from the New York State Education Department is provided for administrators and supervisors.