Curriculum and Instruction

Welcome to the Office of Curriculum and Instruction


teacher with two childrenIt is the New York State Education Department's responsibility to set student learning expectations (standards) for what all students should know and be able to do as a result of skilled instruction. It is the responsibility of each local school district to develop curricula based on these NYS Learning Standards, select textbooks and instructional materials, develop pacing charts for learning (scope and sequence), and provide professional development for staff to ensure that all students have access to instruction leading to attainment of these learning standards.

The general education and diploma requirement regulations referred to as Part 100 Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, require that every public school student in New York State be provided an opportunity to receive instruction in order to achieve the New York State Learning Standards.  All students should receive an engaging and developmentally appropriate education. Schools and parents are encouraged to collaborate to ensure that all students graduate from high school ready for work, higher education, and citizenship.  In order to earn a high school diploma, a student must have a minimum of 22 specific high school credits and pass 5 identified Regents Examinations. 

The NY State Learning Standards and core curriculum guidance documents are the foundation upon which State assessments are developed and aligned.  Accountability status for each local school and district is based on State assessment scores.

Any questions regarding curriculum, email emscurric@mail.nysed.gov
Any questions regarding graduation requirements, email emscgradreq@mail.nysed.gov .

Last Updated: June 6, 2011