New York State Common Core Algebra I Standards Clarifications
In January 2011, the NYS Board of Regents adopted the NYS P-12 Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS), which include the Common Core State Standards and a small number of additional unique standards added by New York State. The CCLS were created through a collaborative effort on behalf of the National Governor’s Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers. The standards were developed by key stakeholders in the field, including teachers, school administrators, and content experts.
The main design principles in the NYS CCLS for Mathematics standards are focus, coherence, and rigor. These principles require that at each grade level, students and teachers direct their time and energy on fewer topics in order to form deeper understandings, gain greater skill and fluency, and more robustly apply what is learned.
A Story of Functions, the curriculum overview for grades 9-12, provides an overview of the academic year for grades 9 through 12 including curriculum maps and detailed grade-level descriptions. The footnotes in this document help to clarify some standards and, in cases where a standard is shared between Algebra I and Algebra II, indicate what is appropriate for the Algebra I level. In an effort ensure that the standards can be interpreted by teachers and effectively utilized to inform classroom instruction, several additional standards of the Algebra I curriculum have been identified as needing some clarification. These clarifications are outlined below.
Note: It is anticipated that more standard clarifications will be added to the list as feedback and requests for additional guidance are received.