New York City has a Core Curriculum program that aims to provide rigorous, high-quality curricula and instructional materials to NYC students.  The curricular materials have been identified by the NYCDOE because they are aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards and other New York State standards.  Learn about the different curriculum options in English Language Arts and mathematics below. 

English Language Arts Curriculum

New York City endorses and has developed several Core Curriculum programs in ELA-literacy.  These programs can support ELA-literacy instruction because they provide rich, meaningful texts along with scaffolded, sequenced instruction that support students in gaining mastery of the Common Core Learning Standards.  

Pearson's ReadyGen Phonics (Grades K-2)

  • Features an explicit and systematic phonics program
  • Provides sequenced lessons
  • Addresses phonemic awareness, phonics, word work, and structural analysis
  • Offers both whole-group and small-group structure options
  • Includes both decodable readers for students to practice in as well as manipulatives

Wilson Language Training's Fundations (Grades K-2)

  • Emphasizes systematic phonics and study of word structure based on the principles of the Wilson Reading System
  • Teaches skills explicitly and systematically in daily 30-minute lessons (print knowledge, alphabetic awareness, phonological awareness, decoding, vocabulary, fluency, and spelling)
  • Instruction is cumulative and scaffolds presented skills
  • Includes both decodable reading passages for students to practice with as well as manipulatives
  • Utilizes assessments to monitor students throughout the program and offers direction for staff to meet individual student needs and provide targeted small-group interventions
  • Provides multiple opportunities for skills application through extensive practice
  • Offers a Home Support Packet to encourage parental involvement

Pearson's ReadyGen (Grades K-5)

  • Utilizes a daily lesson plan that is carefully and specifically outlined
  • Emphasizes the interconnection between reading and writing
  • Supports comprehension through multiple opportunities for discussion
  • Provides theme-based units and employs backwards design, with all reading and writing building towards a performance-based assessment at the end
  • Incorporates instructional routines to support student mastery
  • Built specifically for New York City following the adoption of the Common Core Learning Standards

Scholastic/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Code X (Grades 6-8)

  • Written specifically to align to the Common Core Learning Standards
  • Comprises an anthology of short texts and excerpts from longer works, including a variety of both literary and  informational texts
  • Provides theme-based units and employs backwards design, with all reading and writing building towards a performance task at the end
  • Incorporates instructional routines for reading, writing, speaking and listening, and vocabulary to support student mastery
  • Includes two whole-class novels as well as suggested texts for literature circles to provide exposure and engagement with longer texts

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Collections (Grades 9-12)

  • Comprises an anthology of multicultural short texts and supplemented by literature circle sets
  • Developed by literacy experts to align to the Common Core Learning Standards
  • Reinforces the interconnection between reading and writing
  • Includes both written and discussion performance assessment tasks
  • Emphasizes close reading, utilizing a close reading supplement to support students in accessing and analyzing complex texts
  • Supported by significant digital resources to enhance both teaching and monitoring student progress


NYSED provides Common Core-aligned curricular modules and units for grades pre-K-12 that can be either adopted or adapted. The following curricular materials are available at EngageNY.

  • Core Knowledge (Grades pre-K-2)
  • Expeditionary Learning (Grades 3-8)
  • Public Consulting Group (Grades 9-12)

Mathematics Curriculum

New York City endorses Core Curriculum programs in mathematics for elementary and middle school grades. These programs can support mathematics instruction because they contain carefully constructed and tested problems that support students in gaining a conceptual understanding of mathematics.  Starting from the structure of curriculum programs, teachers can make important decisions about what curricular components to select, omit, and refine and how to adapt the program to meet their students’ needs (such as by adding/changing context in a problem). 

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's GoMath! (Grades K-5)

  • Provides direct instruction of multiple methods and models of problem solving
  • Incorporates significant opportunities for differentiation
  • Built from the ground up to be Common Core-aligned

Pearson's Connected Mathematics Project 3 (CMP3) (Grades 6-8)

  • Contains carefully constructed problems that allow students to grapple with important mathematical concepts
  • Provides coherence across problems and across grades
  • One of the original NSF standards-based curricula that has been updated to align to the Common Core Learning Standards

Science Curriculum

New NYC PK-8 Science Scope & Sequence 2018

The newly designed NYC PK – 8 Science Scope & Sequence 2018 presents the most effective way in which students should learn science in New York City Public Schools. Following the principles guiding how a ‘fully integrated’ curriculum should be designed, the new Scope & Sequence provides an intentional sequence of content in which all three dimensions should be developed through the context of specific phenomena relevant to students.

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