New York State administered the first ELA/Literacy and Mathematics Common Core tests in April 2013 and is
now making a portion of the questions from those tests available for review and use. These released questions
will help students, families, educators, and the public better understand how tests have changed to assess the
instructional shifts demanded by the Common Core and to assess the rigor required to ensure that all students
are on track to college and career readiness.
The released questions are intended to help students, families, educators, and the public understand how the
Common Core is different. The annotated questions will demonstrate the way the Common Core should drive
instruction and how tests have changed to better assess student performance in accordance with the
instructional shifts demanded by the Common Core. They are also intended to help educators identify how
the rigor of the State tests can inform classroom instruction and local assessment. To this end, these annotated
questions will include instructional suggestions for mastery of the Common Core Learning Standards.