Syracuse City School District recently received approval from the New York State Education Department to use an instructional framework aligned to the Common Core State Standards as the foundation for its teacher development and evaluation system. The Syracuse framework is the first, custom-built framework aligned to the Common Core State Standards to be approved in the state.

According to Sharon Contreras, Superintendent of Syracuse City School District, this is the first framework aligned to the Common Core to be approved by the state of New York. “We are very excited and proud to have an innovative framework the meets the needs of our district and the students we serve. We are confident this will serve us well as we continue the important work of ensuring there is a great teacher in every classroom.”

The district partnered with Insight Education Group, an organization known for designing large-scale teacher effectiveness reforms for urban school districts across the country, to lead the development and implementation efforts of the framework. The comprehensive development process was grounded in the work of a task force comprised of teachers, principals, parents, university representatives and community members. The task force closely analyzed the Common Core State Standards as well as frameworks from across the country and decades of research to produce a rigorous, research-based framework for the district.

Insight drew upon its innovative work with districts such as Memphis City Schools, Baltimore City Schools and DC Public Schools to help Syracuse City School District develop an instructional framework that helps improve teacher effectiveness, which is a crucial component of any district looking to implement the Common Core State Standards.

Common Core State Standards have been adopted by 45 states; school systems across those states are challenged to incorporate the Standards and to work toward preparing students for assessments in 2015.

Insight Education Group is a strong national voice for the teacher’s perspective in professional learning and student achievement. Insight partners with schools and districts to develop and implement instructional initiatives aimed at increasing teacher effectiveness. To learn more go to

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