Bright Kids NYC ELA/Math Classes and One-on-one Tutoring Align Material to New Common Core Learning Standards

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With the change this spring to align the NYS ELA/Math exam to the common core learning standards, it is important to prepare students taking the exam. Using customized curriculum and materials tailored to the needs of each specific child, experienced Bright Kids tutors can help students master the necessary skills and concepts.

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Bright Kids NYC ELA/Math Class

This year the ELA/ Math exam will be aligned with common core learning standards, which have recently been adopted by New York State in 2011. In response, Bright Kids NYC has created a custom, common-core aligned curriculum for its ELA/Math Class.

The ELA/Math exam is a yearly assessment of language arts and mathematics abilities of students in grades 3-8. It involves three days of language arts testing followed by three days of standardized mathematics testing. Students spend 175-180 minutes on the Language Arts portion of the exam and 170-180 minutes on the Mathematics portion of the exam throughout the course of the three days. The amount of time allocated for each section depends on the student’s grade; as younger students take a slightly shorter exam. The ELA exam takes place from April 16-18; the Math exam this year takes place from April 24-26.

This year the ELA/ Math exam will be aligned with common core learning standards, which have recently been adopted by New York State in 2011. In response, Bright Kids NYC has created a custom, common-core aligned curriculum for its ELA/Math Class. The common core has been created as part of an initiative to standardize language arts comprehension and math skill development throughout the country. It involves an emphasis on depth rather than breadth of knowledge in mathematical concepts and on interpretation and communication through text rather than interactions with the teacher in a classroom.

The ELA/Math One-on-one Tutoring Package is another excellent option for those seeking tutoring, featuring individualized curriculum and materials. The diagnostic exam administered at the beginning of tutoring breaks the two exams into their constituent common core components. The English Language Arts section tests the child’s ability to interpret Informational Text, Literary Text, as well as his or her capacity to write short answer responses and essays in response to these given texts. The Mathematics section tests four or five general concepts which differ depending on the child’s grade. These scores are used to create a personalized ELA/Math curriculum based on the child’s scores.

Since the common core is a new testing standard, the ELA exam has changed from previous years in a number of important ways. First, there is greater focus on comparison between two or more texts, passages, or graphics. In addition, informational passages (as opposed to narratives) are more prevalent than before. This requires the student to analyze and discuss arguments and back up any claims with detailed evidence from the text. Finally, Any short answer or essay prompts will be more text-dependent and will ask the student to make clear connections to the text in his or her answer.

The Mathematics exam has also undergone several crucial changes. First, the exam puts emphasis on “depth over breadth”: it tests the major work that should be accomplished in the grade rather than testing a small amount of many topics. Also, there are questions involving rulers, protractors, and other instruments that will necessitate the correct choice of the tool and the application of the appropriate mathematical use of that tool. Finally, there are more questions that involve multiple processes or steps.

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