Developed by the Curriculum Committee of the Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES School Library System

New York City Dept. of Education

The Library Services division of the New York City Department of Education has organized this page for Standards and Curriculum. In addition to a link to the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner, it also provides documentation and resources for the Information Fluency Continuum.

“The Information Fluency Continuum provides a framework for the instructional aspects of a library program. The framework is based on three standards that form the basis for the skills and strategies that are essential for students to become independent readers and learners.”

You’ll also find the city’s Information Fluency Continuum 2010 Priority Benchmark Skills and Assessments. “The documents in this guide include:

  • Information Fluency Continuum
  • Information Fluency Continuum Benchmark Skills
  • Grade-by-Grade Information Fluency Benchmark Skills
  • K-12 Information Fluency Continuum Priority Benchmark Skills Brochure
  • Information Fluency Continuum: Priority Benchmark Skills and Assessments
  • REACTS Taxonomy”

Common Core State Standards Initiative

“The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.” — CCSSI Mission Statement


Two sets of standards have been launched: English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science & Technical Subjects and Mathematics.

The Common Core Standards have been adopted by most states (including New York). The New York State Board of Regents agreed to adopt the standards, plus additional PreK-12 expectations – up to 15% — to be determined by a two curriculum committees.

Recommendations for additional NYS standards will be brought to the Regents in the fall for discussion and then shared with the public for comment. NYSED will then develop additional curriculum and instruction resources for teachers and students.  The new PreK-12 combined standards will be introduced in the spring of 2011 and will be implemented in New York State schools beginning with the 2011-2012 school year.

The AASL Common Core Crosswalk Task Force is working on a document that will compare the Common Core Standards (English Language Arts & Math) to the AASL National Standards for the 21st Century Learner; expected to be submitted to the AASL Board by Midwinter 2011.

Common Core Standards Initiative Update

As part of the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI), the draft K-12 standards are now available for public comment. These draft  standards, developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, seek to provide a clear and consistent national framework to prepare our students for college and the workforce.

I am particularly interested in this initiative since in New York State, the Board of Regents may adopt these standards as early as July 2010. So…I wanted to know how much they integrate 21st-Century Skills. It turns out, quite a bit.

Two sets of standards are currently up for discussion — English Language Arts and Mathematics. I studied the ELA standards to get a feel for how they are organized, and to determine where the correlations with information literacy skills could be found.

I prepared a presentation, both to help organize my thoughts and to report out what I felt were the closest connections between the draft standards and 21st-Century Skills…let’s see if it works!

National Technology Literacy Assessment Approved for 2014

Last week, the National Assessment Governing Board voted to approve the 2012 Technological Literacy Framework, with some notable changes:

  • The title of the assessment is now the NAEP Technology and Engineering Literacy Assessment
  • The assessment will be first administered in 2014, two years later than the 2012 time frame as originally planned (see “On The Way: Nation’s First Tech Literacy Exam“, eSchoolsNews 10/7/08)

The 2/19/10 draft is available here and will be updated with the new title and year in the upcoming weeks.

The Board is also reviewing the initial 2/23/10 draft of the test specifications.

See the NAEP 2014 Technology and Engineering Literacy site for more info.

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WASHINGTON — On March 9th, The National Assessment Governing Board approved several initiatives related to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) — including an innovate framework for new student testing in technology and engineering.

The Technology and Engineering Literacy Framework will be the basis for a NAEP computer-based assessment in this area in 2014.

The framework covers a broad range of content and skills related to design and systems; information and communication technology; and technology and society. The document was developed by a wide panel of experts in fields such as education, engineering, policy, business, and digital communication, with their recommendations of what knowledge and skills students at the 4th, 8th, and 12th grades should have to demonstrate literacy in technology and engineering areas.

Because of its innovation and complexity the first assessment under the new framework was set for 2014, two years later than originally planned. The grade to be assessed will be decided by the Board in May 2010.

In addition to approving the Framework, the Board is also reviewing an initial draft of the test specifications. The Technology and Engineering Literacy Assessment and Item Specifications for the 2014 NAEP is an additional document that describes the development of the assessment in greater detail.

Capital Region BOCES

In 2006, library media specialists in the Capital Region BOCES School Library System (Albany, NY) developed a regional information literacy curriculum.

“Responding to the universal demand for information skills, literacy, and mastery of 21st Century Skills for the digital age, the teacher/librarians explored, distilled, and applied innovative, standards based models for instruction in information literacy.”

The resulting documents, including the curriculum, K-12 matrix and web resources, have been posted for review at the following site:

Capital Region BOCES School Library System Information Fluency Curriculum

Saratoga Springs School District

The Saratoga Springs City School District (Saratoga Springs, NY) has developed a K-12 Library Media Skills Curriculum map in the form of a K-12 scope & sequence. It is based on the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner, and aligned with other NYS content area standards.

K-12 Library Media Skills Curriculum

Goshen Central School District

The Goshen Central School District (Goshen, NY) has developed these Library Education curriculum maps for grades K-6:

Library Education, Grade K
Library Education, Grade 1
Library Education, Grade 2

Library Education, Grade 3
Library Education, Grade 4
Library Education, Grade 5
Library Education, Grade 6

Main Curriculum Map Page

Pine Hill Schools

Pine Hill Schools (Pine Hill, NJ) have a collection of library media curriculum maps available as PDFs for grades K-12:

Library Media — Overview
Library Media — K-4
Library Media — 5
Library Media — 6
Library Media — 7
Library Media — 8

Library Media — 9-12

Ramapo College

The library faculty and teaching faculty at Wartburg College (Waverly, Iowa) developed this curriculum map. It was later adapted by the faculty and staff of the George T. Potter Library at Ramapo College of New Jersey to show how all the Information Literacy Competencies can be infused into General Education courses at Ramapo College.

Curriculum Map of the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education

Catlin Gabel

Catlin Gabel School (Portland, OR) developed these curriculum maps for library skills, grade preK-12.

Catlin Gabel Library/Media Curriculum Maps