CCLS Resources

Common Core Learning Standard Information

How are you helping the kids with IEP’s during the NYS tests?

Students with IEP’s and 504’s must be handled in a very specific manner per New York State Education Department guidelines. Testing accommodations are provided based on individual needs. During testing, accommodations must be provided for students with disabilities. These accommodations are recommended by the Committee on Special Education and specified in each student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP), or in his or her Section 504 Accommodation Plan (504 Plan). Certain testing accommodations are not permitted for some sections of the tests because these accommodations would change what the test is measuring. For example, reading to a student the portions of the English Language Arts Test intended to measure a student’s reading skills would not be a permissible testing accommodation.

Why is it important for my child to take the test? (Not opt out/refuse)

The New York State tests are designed to measure how well students have mastered necessary skills and to monitor the effectiveness of instructional programs. Although testing is not the only measure of a student’s knowledge and abilities, it is a vital part of our educational process. The testing helps assess both student achievement and the progress of our schools. The purpose of the tests is to: measure a student’s knowledge and overall achievement measure a student’s mastery of specific skills provide information to schools that can be used to evaluate the effectiveness of instructional programs monitor the performance of schools and school districts for the purpose of accountability to the public. These tests reflect the high standards set for elementary and intermediate grades and help ensure that students are prepared for high school. The tests are not meant to be used as the basis for promoting a student to the next grade. Students must still take and pass their courses and fulfill local school requirements.

How can I help my child with the CCLS at home?

Parents can play an important role in helping their children to do well in school and to prepare for these tests. Here are some things you can do: Talk with your child’s teacher. Getting to know your child’s teacher is an excellent way to stay informed about your child’s performance at school. Attending parent-teacher conferences and school events is a good way to maintain regular communication with your child’s teacher. Be supportive throughout the year. Make sure your child comes to school ready to learn, attends school regularly, and completes all homework assignments. Ask your child about his or her performance in school, and be generous with praise. Encourage good work habits. You can help your child learn good work habits at home and at school. Explain the importance of carefully following directions, avoiding careless errors, and checking work to make sure it’s done correctly. Present a positive attitude toward the tests. Let your child know that you have confidence in his or her abilities. Explain that some of the test questions may be difficult and that it does not matter if other students finish earlier. Let your child know it is okay to proceed at his or her own pace. Be sure your child is physically prepared on the day of the test. Taking a test requires a student’s full attention, so your child should have a good night’s sleep before the test. Make sure your child has a healthy breakfast and a nutritious lunch.

How do you use the tests to identify gaps/provide student remediation?

The tests provide invaluable information about your child’s strengths and weaknesses with the CCLS standards so that we may provide a very targeted instructional approach specific to your child’s educational needs.


How much fleixibility does ICS have in what needs to be covered from CCLS? Ie. Required NYS reading materials?

The New York State Testing Program helps determine the progress students are making. Test results provide the student, teacher, and parent with an objective report of individual student strengths and weaknesses in a variety of skill areas. These test results give teachers, schools, and school districts information they can use to improve teaching and provide additional assistance to students who need it. The CCLS modules in ELA and Math are directly aligned to the New York State Assessments. Each teacher is required to use the modules to teach and follow the curriculum maps provided by New York State.

Are the teachers required to use NYS teaching modules?

Yes. You will also be able to know approximately where in the curriculum map your child is by referring to the maps provided online and posted on the ICS website under the CCLS tab. 

How much class time is spent preparing for state tests?

The teachers do not “teach to the test” so this cannot be answered as asked. The teachers follow the CCLS and the NYS curriculum maps to ensure that the standards that will be tested are taught throughout the course of the year.


If my child scores low on a NYS test, What sort of results do I have access to? Teachers ?

The English Language Arts and Mathematics score reports are returned to schools and contain information about how well your child performed on the tests. This information is shown in two graphs. The first graph shows your child’s overall performance on the tests based on a performance-level range between 1 and 4. Each level is clearly described in the score report. The second graph shows the Standards Performance Index (SPI) score. This score indicates your child’s relative strengths and weaknesses in the subject areas tested compared to the New York State Learning Standards.

ICS will be happy to provide copies of the data on your child to you upon request.  Parents may receive copies of the same data the teachers receive, however, only certain reports and data will be easily understood and beneficial to the parent without meeting with the child’s teacher for further explanation.


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