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 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):
- Common Core State Standards Resource Highlights (PDF)
- Common Core State Standards for Mathematics Resources
- Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy Resources
- Common Core State Standards Resources for Parents and Guardians
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.
Core Commons Web Site from the Education Commission of the States (ECS)
The Core Commons web site from the Education Commission of the States (ECS) covers information on emerging strategies and issues in implementing the Common Core. The Education Commission of the States (ECS) is an interstate compact created in 1965 to improve public education by facilitating the exchange of information, ideas and experiences among state policymakers and education leaders.
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 orHerczog_Michelle@lacoe.edu.
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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.
ELA Common Core State Standards
- ELA Common Core State Standards - Appendix A
- ELA Common Core State Standards - Appendix B
- ELA Common Core State Standards - Appendix C
Mathematics Common Core State 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:
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
Sample Assessment Items
SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium Overview and Samples, April 2011 http://www.renniecenter.org/event_pages/110412_SMARTER_BalancedOverview.pdf
English Language Arts and Literacy Draft Content Specifications
Mathematics Draft Content Specifications
Additional information on SMARTER Balanced can be found at the SMARTER Balanced web site located at:
Council of Chief State School Officers - Common Core Implementation Video Series
To further aid states as they continue to implement the Common Core State Standards (Standards), the Hunt Institute and the Council of Chief State School Officers have commissioned a series of video vignettes that explain the Standards in far greater depth. Several of the key Standards writers were asked, in their own words, to talk about how the Standards were developedand the goals they set for all students.
Alliance for Excellent Education - Common Standards
The mission of the Alliance for Excellent Education is to promote high school transformation to make it possible to graduate prepared for postsecondary learning and success in life. This web site provides information on the progress of the Common Core Standards initiative across the country
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) - Policy Insights, June 2011
The June 2011 issue of Policy Insights from WICHE covers the Common Core State Standards and its Implications for Higher Education in the West.
Rennie Center - The Road Ahead for State Assessments
A publication from the Rennie Center. The adoption of the Common Core State Standards offers an opportunity to make significant improvements to the large-scale statewide student assessments that exist today, and the two US DOE-funded assessment consortia -- the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) -- are making big strides forward. But to take full advantage of this opportunity the states must focus squarely on making assessments both fair and accurate.
Consortium for Policy Research (CPRE) - Learning Trajectories in Mathematics (January 2011)
This report from CPRE aims to provides a useful introduction to current work and thinking about learning trajectories for mathematics education, why we should care about these questions, and how to think about what is being attempted in the field, casting some light on the varying, and perhaps confusing, ways in which the terms trajectory, progression, learning, teaching, and so on, are being used by the education community.
ASCD - Common Core Standards Adoption by State
This web site provides information on states having adopted the Common Core State Standards is based on official announcements by state departments of education or published stories in reputable news sources from within the particular state.