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Common Core State Standards

Common Core Mission Statement

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.


The Common Core State Standards  define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs.

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce.

The Standards were developed in concert with teachers, school administrators, researchers, and educational experts to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare students for success in college and career. The CCSS were developed building off of exemplars of previous instructional standards in states across the nation and global competencies throughout the world. California is one of 45 states to adopt the CCSS. These new Standards raise the bar for student achievement and focus on a greater depth of understanding than existing standards.


Initial Presentation of the Common Core State Standards

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The Common Core State Standards are intended to promote rigorous expectations for all grade levels. High expectations are necessary to prepare students for the challenges of an increasingly complex global society. To this end, there has already been much work done to ensure that students with disabilities are able to access the newly developed standards: http://www.corestandards.org/assets/application-to-students-with-disabilities.pdf



California formally adopted the Common Core State Standards in 2010. Since then, the California Department of Education had developed a robust set of Resources for Students, Parents, and Guardians: CDE.jpg

To view the California Common Core State Standards

English Language Arts , Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects: 

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Mathematics :

Important Note From the California Department of Education: On January 16, 2013, the State Board of Education (SBE) voted to modify the California additions to the CCSS for Mathematics that were adopted in 2010. The changes were made based on the State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson's Recommended Modifications to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics with California Additions and Model Courses for Higher Mathematics (DOC; 1MB). The modifications were authorized by Senate Bill 1200 (Statutes of 2012) and developed with the assistance of the Mathematics Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee and comments from two public hearings held in January 2013. The California additions, as adopted in August 2010, appear in boldface and underlined text. Strikethrough lines indicate language that has been deleted. The California Department of Education is currently in the process of formatting the newly modified standards and will post them on the CCSS Web page when the process has been completed.



Science :

Next Generation Science Standards are Here!


Internationally benchmarked science standards were developed to prepare students for an ever changing world. Teams from 26 states worked in collaboration to develop a new generation of standards that will put the United States back in the forefront of education. These standards are based on three dimensions: disciplinary core ideas (content), scientific and engineering practices, and cross-cutting concepts.The four disciplinary core ideas (DCI) are: physical sciences, life sciences, earth and space sciences, and engineering, technology, and applications of science. Standards are based on the Framework for K-12 Science.




The NGSS provide an important opportunity to improve not only science education but also student achievement. Based on the Framework for K–12 Science Education, the NGSS are intended to reflect a new vision for American science education. The lead states and writing teams have identified seven “conceptual shifts” science educators and stakeholders need to make to effectively use the NGSS. The shifts are 

  1. K–12 science education should reflect the real world interconnections in science. 
  2. The Next Generation Science Standards are student outcomes and are explicitly NOT curriculum. 
  3. Science concepts build coherently across K–12. 
  4. The NGSS focus on deeper understanding and application of content. 
  5. Science and engineering are integrated in science education from K–12. 
  6. The NGSS are designed to prepare students for college, career, and citizenship. April 2013 Pre-Publication NGSS Release Page 8 
  7. Science standards coordinate with English Language Arts and Mathematics Common Core State Standards. 


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For more information about the Common Core Initiative, please view the videos and reference materials below:

1.  The Hunt Institute – Common Core Overview Videos


        The Hunt Institute – Common Core Overview Videos - Spanish Overview :

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2. Parent Road Maps to the Common Core:

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3. Education.Com Parent Guides :

            This website is an excellent source for parents to get practical information about grade level specific projects, 

             games, articles, and resources that are parent friendly and easy to use.

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4.  National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) has developed a set of grade level specific resources that provide a

      brief overview of the Common Core standards for each grade level and suggestions for how to help your child

      learn at home.  

                                Two Page version :

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                                 Four Page Version 

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Common Core State Standards and IEP Goals Development: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2010/12/27/15iep_ep.h30.html?tkn=WNSFsLAt7ZNSAnyslPdod17CvF4VQAL38BCK&intc=es


Three-Minute Video Explaining the Common Core State Standards

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