Next Generation Learning Standards

Next Generation Learning Standards

According to the New York State Education Department, the new learning standards clarify vague and/or confusing wording that appeared in the Common Core Learning Standards. For example, in the new ELA standards, reading expectations at each grade level have been described using language that’s easier for educators and parents to understand as compared with the language used in the Common Core Learning Standards. Changes in the math standards include moving some standards to different/more appropriate grade levels. In addition, the new high school-level math standards are listed under the actual course name (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II), rather than being arranged by grade level.

In addition, the Next Generation standards are intended to address criticisms that the previous (Common Core) standards were not appropriate for the youngest students, English language learners and students with disabilities. The State Education Department also created an early-learning standards introduction to provide more in-depth guidance on implementing the standards in grades pre-K through 2, including developmentally appropriate practices that encourage learning through play. This introduction also includes tips for working with such populations as students with disabilities, English language/multilingual learners and those with diverse cultural backgrounds.

The new standards are the result of a two-year collaborative revision process, during which more than 130 teachers, administrators, parents, higher education representatives and other stakeholders reviewed each (Common Core) standard and suggested modifications based on their own experiences and on public comments and additional reviews from researchers and content specialists.

The next steps in this process will include NYSED working with BOCES, teacher centers, etc. to design professional development opportunities for teachers to implement the new standards. The State Education Department also expects to develop communications tools for parents about the standards and additional educational resources focused on working with English language learners and students with disabilities.