• A note from the commissioner

    Dear Colleagues,
    To truly understand Common Core instruction, few tools are more helpful than seeing Common Core instruction in action. That's why this week we're continuing our video professional development series with an installment that features a fifth grade classroom in Ballston Spa where students are engaging in one of the key Common Core practices: making claims using direct evidence from text. Students in the video tackle two texts with similar themes. You'll see how their teacher helps them to "read like a detective," closely examining the text to understand the author's intent.
    We also share perspectives on the Common Core and assessments from the viewpoints of a parent, educators, and students. Finally, our professional development website for educators, EngageNY.org, has hit some milestones that we would like to share with you.
    John B. King, Jr.
    Follow me on Twitter @JohnKingNYSED

    "Light bulbs are lighting up" in math class

    10-year-old Makenzie of East Greenbush explains how she's understanding fractions in new ways. Her teacher says that's because of the Common Core.