Common Core Standards
The Common Core Standards 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. With our students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.
The following list of resources was compiled by the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE):
Handouts compiled by the California Department of Education (CDE):
Communications Toolkit for California (September 2012)
The CCSS Systems Implementation Communications Toolkit for California is designed to help local educational agencies with the important task of informing and engaging school communities about what the CCSS will mean for them.
Selected E-Resources for the Common Core Collaborative (January 2012)
Resources that Support District Actions to Address Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Prepare Students for SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Assessments.
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Preparing Students for College, Career and CITIZENSHIP: A California Guide to Align Civic Education and the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects
Published by the LACOE, this tool provides ELA teachers with a civic education context for improving literacy skills, and offers history-social science teachers a pedagogical framework for building literacy competencies needed for civic life. By integrating the goals of the Common Core State Standards Initiative and the goals of civic education, educators can truly provide all students with the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed for success as effective, responsible and engaged citizens in the 21st century. This document can be downloaded at no cost. For additional information, please contact Michelle M. Herczog, Ed.D. Consultant III, History-Social Science, Los Angeles County Office of Education at (562) 922-6908
Making Civics "Common" in California
The Education Commission of the States (ECS) - Core Commons web site offers a short summary on the Preparing Students for College, Career and CITIZENSHIP resource.
California Department of Education - Grade Level Curriculum
The California Department of Education has developed grade level documents that show what a child should know and be able to do at that grade level as well as prerequiste skills and guidance for English Learners. These are aligned with the Common Core State Standards. At this time grades K-6 are completed and grades 7 and 8 are expected to be released late January 2012.
The American Educator Periodical, Fall 2011
The Fall 2011 issue of The American Educator, a publication from AFT (American Federation of Teachers), is focused around the Common Core State Mathematics Standards. Hung-Hsi Wu, professor emeritus of mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley, discusses bringing a new partnership between mathematicians and educators so that correct mathematics and effective pedagogy can be written into brand new teacher education programs and student textbooks.
California Teachers Association 2011 Summer Institute - Common Core State Standards Materials
Presentations on the Common Core State Standards delivered as part of the California Teachers Association (CTA) 2011 Summer Institute held at the University of California at Los Angeles on August 2, 2011. The CDE web site has PDF versions of the presentation materials.
California Legislation and the Common Core State Standards
A list of bills that were recently signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown that impacts the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in California.
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California Department of Education - Supplemental Instructional Materials Review FAQs
Related to Senate Bill 140 (Lowenthal), these are frequently asked questions regarding the Supplemental Instructional Materials Review.
The American Educator Periodical, Summer 2011
The Summer 2011 issue of The American Educator, the publication from AFT (American Federation of Teachers), is focused around the Common Core State Standards. You will find this publication very practical and thought provoking. Dr. Marilyn Adams: Advancing Our Students' Language and Literacy The Challenge of Complex Texts, discusses the language of text used in our middle and high schools and how that relates to student's reading comprehension decline.
Mathematics Common Core Standards
California Common Core State Standards
California's Common Core State Standards are available on the CDE web site. Select the first two links under "Common Core State Standards" on the web site.
California Department of Education Common Core State Standards Resources
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were developed through a state-led initiative to establish consistent and clear education standards for English-language arts and mathematics that would better prepare students for success in college, career, and the competitive global economy. The California State Board of Education (SBE) adopted the standards on August 2, 2010. To access information and resources on SBAC visit the California Department of Education web site at:http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/cc/
National Initiative for the Common Core State Standards
This web site, sponsored by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, provides information on the progress of the Common Core Standards initiative across the country. It includes recent news, presentations and information about the standards initiative in individual states.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Regarding the Common Core Standards
This FAQ, posted on the Sacramento County Office of Education web site, provides answers to general questions about the Common Core Standards. The FAQ is organized into the following categories:
- Background: National Initiative for Common Core State Standards
- Background: California Common Core Standards
- Frameworks and Instructional Materials
- California Common Core Standards for Mathematics
- California Common Core Standards for English-language Arts
SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC)
On June 9, 2011 California joined the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) as a governing state. The SBAC is a national consortium of 29 states that have been working collaboratively to develop a student assessment system aligned to a common core of academic content standards. Of those, California is one of 19 governing states, which allows decision-making participation. The remaining 10 are advisory states. The SBAC focus is on assessing students annually in grades three through eight in English-language arts and mathematics and once in grades ten through twelve under current federal requirements. To access information and resources on SBAC visit the California Department of Education web site at:
California Press Release Regarding SMARTER Balanced
One Page Summary of SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium