New York State Education is phasing in the Common Core Regents examinations. For the 2013-2014 academic year, students will now be responsible for the Algebra I Regents Examination, typically taken in 9th grade and 11th grade English; both with Common Core standards, Strang said. The students do have the option to take the older version of the test if they chose, Strang said.
Strang noted that there are several benefits to the new standards and that overall the change is a “good” thing.
“They will help students to be good problem solvers and good thinkers,” Strang said.
Other positive rewards include the ability to assess a student’s ability and knowledge at any given point, parents are more informed, every grade level is responsible for certain learning outcomes so students can move from one part of the state to another and they will be on track with their peers, Strang said.
“It’s very standardized education. It’s a good thing,” Strang said.
For more information regarding the shifts in Common Core in NYS go to Engageny.org. More specifically, if parents are looking for an overall “roadmap” for English language arts they can visit this link, http://www.cgcs.org/Page/328 or for information on mathematics go to http://www.cgcs.org/Page244.