common core standards - ela
Adopted in January 2011 by the New York State Board of Regents, this document includes all of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in ELA and Literacy, plus the New York recommended additions approved on January 10, 2011. New York State additions to the Common Core are included under the related strand (reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language) or standard.
One of the key requirements of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Reading is that all students must be able to comprehend texts of steadily increasing complexity as they progress through school. The first part of this section makes a research-based case for why the complexity of what students read matters. The second part of this section addresses how text complexity can be measured and made a regular part of instruction.
As a result of new research on the quantitative dimensions of text complexity published since the standards’ release, a supplement to Appendix A of the Common Core Standards has been developed by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governors Association (NGA). This research expands upon the three-part text complexity model outlined in Appendix A of the CCSS in ELA/Literacy that blends quantitative and qualitative measures of text complexity with reader and task considerations. This supplement:
The following text samples exemplify the level of complexity and quality that the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) require all students in a given grade band to engage with. The samples are suggestive of the breadth of texts that students should encounter in the text types required by the Standards. While the choices serve as guideposts in helping educators select texts of similar complexity, quality, and range for their own classrooms, they do not represent a partial or complete reading list.
The following writing samples have been annotated to illustrate the criteria required to meet the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for particular types of writing in Grades K-12. Each of the samples exhibits the level of quality required to meet the Writing standards for that grade.