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I was wondering if each state has designed its own modules(NYS)? I have a friend who teaches in Maryland and they have units designed that are different from the New York ones. What is so common about that? Is every state doing that?

Sep 3, 2013 4:32pm

  • English Language Arts
  • 3-5
  • Common Core


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    • Sep 3, 2013 9:20pm

      Hi Elleen,
      While the standards outline expectations for each grade level, it is up to teachers, districts and states to determine how those expectations will be met. From the CCSS Introduction, "By emphasizing required achievements, the Standards leave room for teachers, curriculum developers, and states to determine how those goals should be reached and what additional topics should be addressed." (p. 4). With this in mind, units do look different from state to state and district to district.

      Louisiana recently released these:

      And Long Beach, CA recently released these:

      The Common Core affords a unique opportunity so we can reach across state and district lines, sharing (and selecting) tools and resources that can help us support students in achieving College & Career ready goals.

      • Sep 4, 2013 4:08pm

        Thank you! I have been so impressed by North Carolina's unpacking but my NYS district wants to "invent" their own maps. I think we'd do better to collaborate rather than reinvent the wheel over and over!