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District News 2011-12

High school senior Eliza Bender pitured with posters 

Eliza Bender pitured with the posters made from her original painting.

WVHS Student Artwork Chosen to Represent Common Core Standards

As a part of its plan to integrate Common Core Standards – nationally recognized state standards in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics for grades K-12 - into instruction, Warwick Valley High School drew upon the creative talents of teachers and students to develop promotional posters.

Eliza Bender, a WVHS senior, designed the school's Common Core Standards poster based on an idea conceived by the Physical Education teachers, who came up with a crude visual representation of the four anchors in reading. Eliza then took that draft and created created a painting that was reproduced into posters to hang in each classroom and serve as a reminder of the Common Core Standards Anchors in Reading.

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Initiative was a joint effort by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the
Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) in partnership with
Achieve, ACT, and the College Board. 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.

Eliza Benders original painting 

WVHS Senior Eliza Bender's original painting representing Common Core Standards Anchors in reading.

The CCSSO and NGA Center presented the final K-12 Common Core State Standards on June 2, 2010.The English language arts and mathematics standards represent a set of expectations for student knowledge and skills that high school graduates need to master to succeed in college and careers.

Both the CCSSO and the NGA Center worked with a wide range of educators, content experts, researchers, national organizations, and community groups from various states to develop the standards.

The criteria used to develop the college- and career-readiness and K-12 standards are:

• Aligned with college and work expectations

• Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills

• Build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards

• Informed by top-performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society

• Evidence and/or research-based


On January 10, 2011, the Board of Regents approved the recommended additions
plus a new set of Pre-kindergarten Standards for New York State Schools.

To learn more about the Common Core Standards, visit or

To see what WVCSD is doing to prepare for the new Common Core Standards:

To see which states have adopted Common Core Standards, visit

To read frequently asked questions about the Common Core Standards, visit asked-questions