On December 1
Regional Math Specialists, Paul Volkert and Cody Osterhout, joined 41 administrators from 13 districts for an awareness building session of the newly adopted
Next Generation Math Standards (NGMS)
After a brief review of 2017 NYS math grades 3-8 regional and district performance data, administrators worked through the NGMS to identify major revisions, reflect on the improved clarity and format of the learning standards (e.g., coherence, more examples of each standard with illustrations, math practices tagged to standards, live-linked navigation of documents) and discuss how changes to the standards could impact instruction in the classroom.
The group familiarized themselves with the location of the standards, as well as key supporting documents to include: Introductions, Grade-Level Crosswalks, and Snapshots.
- Introductions: describe the context for the revisions (i.e., why they were done, who was part of the revision process, and the expectations moving forward), as well as how to read the Standards document.
- Grade-Level Crosswalks: provide a side-by-side view of each current Common Core Standard compared to the revised Next Generation Math Standard to show similarities and differences.
- Snapshots: provide a summary of major changes and possible instructional shifts to consider when implementing the NGMS.
The session also provided administrators with an opportunity to discuss small steps they can take in their districts to raise awareness about the standards and about how this new framework will impact student learning.
Full implementation of the NGMS is slated for September 2020; in the meantime, regional professional development to support the new standards will continue to be a priority.