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NYS Released ITEMS bank

Access a bank of New York State Released Items aligned to the Common Core State Standards for Grades 3 - 8.


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PEDAGOGICAL structures 

Templates, grade level samples and videos about pedagogical structures such as Teacher Tell Me.


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comprehending WOrd problems

Strategies for understanding word problems and why they are so challenging, CCSS Problem Types, etc.


NYS REleased ITems

Links to NYS Released Items Slide Decks are below. Updated with 2019!

Pedagogical structurEs

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word problems

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Presentation: “Why are Word Problems So Hard?” - A modified version of the slide deck from the introductory workshop about problem solving. 

Newman Error Analysis (adapted by Christine King) - Use this tool to assess where students are in terms of comprehending word problems and where they break down.

Problem Solving Script - This tool is meant to be used in a collaborative peer-tutoring structure (i.e., Rally Coach) where students work to support each other in understanding and unpacking word problems.  

The video series below focuses on the Common Core Problem Types for Add to, Take from and Put Together situations.  The content is appropriate for upper elementary students.


Grid games are games that are played on a rectangular matrix using rows and columns. Play is based on use of the game structure, the content of the grid game and the mathematical concept being addressed.  Each rectangle in a the grid is called a cell. Game structures are Connect It, Capture It, Claim It and Clue It. Download a modified version of the book and Game Mats by clicking here.

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Top 3 features of grid games

  1. Adaptable to many conceptual areas and grade levels

  2. Relatively easy to learn the structures

  3. Quick setup and easily accessible materials

engagement, collaboration and discourse

"Such a simple, yet powerful idea!” - Ms. Desire, Middle School, NYC

“Easy to use and I can use one game mat in many different units.” - Ms. Lewis, Elementary School, NYC