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Common Core Standards

Educational standards describe what students should know and be able to do in each subject in each grade. In California, the State Board of Education decides on the standards for all students, from kindergarten through high school. The California Department of Education helps schools make sure that all students are meeting the standards.

Since 2010, 45 states have adopted the same standards for English and math. These standards are called the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Having the same standards helps all students get a good education, even if they change schools or move to a different state. Teachers, parents, and education experts designed the CCSS to prepare students for success in college and the workplace.

The Common Core State 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 American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.

Common Core Website

CDE Common Core Page

Common Core Resources for Parents

Common Core ipad/iphone Apps

CCSS Parent Seminars offered by Emerson

Want to know more about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)?  No problem!  Attached is a PowerPoint seminar; check out some of the video links in the pdf to view explanatory videos and to view CCSS lessons in action.  

Parent Seminar on the CCSS

Differences between the old standards/classes and the new

Excellent CCSS Resources

Want to know what exactly your child will be learning at each grade level, and how the new standards are different from the old standards?  Check out these resources.

What are the Common Core Standards?

K–8 California's Common Core Standards Parent Handbook, created by the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) in consultation with the California State Parent Teacher Association (PTA), gives parents an introduction to California's CCSS and a summary of what students are expected to learn as they advance from kindergarten through grade eight. This document has been translated into 17 languages. The handbook and translations may be found on the CCSESA Common Core Standards Communication Tools Web page under the General Overview Materials section at http://www.ccsesa.org/index/ sp_CommonCoreStandards.cfm.

Parents' Guide to Student Success

http://www.pta.org/4446.htm

A guide, available in English and Spanish, for the CCSS in grades K-8 and two for grades 9-12 (one
for English language arts/literacy and one for mathematics) created by the National PTA. The guide includes key items that children should be learning in each grade and activities parents can do at home to support their child's learning.

Council of Great City Schools Parent Roadmaps

http://www.cgcs.org/Domain/36

The Council of Great City Schools has developed parent roadmaps for understanding the English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics CCSS in kindergarten through eighth grade. For each grade and subject, the roadmaps explain to parents what children will be learning and how parents can support learning outside of the classroom.

California Department of Education CCSS Resources Web page

http://www.cde.ca.gov/core

Information and resources about the academic content standards for mathematics and ELA adopted by the State Board of Education on August 2, 2010.

  • ★  Join the CCSS Resources listserv to receive information and updates regarding the implementation of the CCSS. Send a "blank" message to join-commoncore@mlist.cde.ca.gov.

  • ★  If you would like further information regarding the CCSS, please contact the Common Core Systems Implementation Office by phone at 916-319-0490 or by e-mail at commoncoreteam@cde.ca.gov.