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Common Core Standards:
Through this initiative, Governors and state commissioners of education from across the country committed to joining a state-led process to develop a common core of state standards in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics for grades K-12. In NYS, this is now known as the NYS P-12 Common Learning Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy and the NYS P-12 Common Core Learning Standards for Mathematics, these standards have been developed for all students, including English Language Learners and students with disabilities.
Resources designed to guide implementation of the Common Core Standards in NYS 

CCSS for ELA Overview

RTI:  is the practice of providing high-quality instruction/intervention matched to student needs and using learning rate over time and level of performance to make important educational decisions about an individual student.  (NASDSE, 2006)  RtI is a strategy designed to close achievement gaps for students at risk, students with disabilities, and English language learners.
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Universal Screening:
Universal Screening is used to determine a student's level of profiency in key academic areas, specifcally reading and mathematics. It not only shows how effective and cohesive a school's core curriculum, it also identifies students who are not making adequate progress within that core curriculum. 
Universal Screening is designed to make sure that all students in the general education classroom are receiving appropriate instruction by qualified personnel.  Most Universal Screeners are Curriculum Based Measures (CBM) meaning that they assess curriculum, not programs.
Click on these common universal screening instruments for more information: 
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