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What are Common Core State Standards?

In 2009, a national effort began to standardize standards across the United States.  The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA) committed to developing a set of standards that would help prepare students for success in career and college.  The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Initiative resulted in the creation of common standards for English-language arts and mathematics, kindergarten through grade twelve.  The standards are founded upon the best state standards; the experience s of teachers, content experts, and leading thinkers; and feedback from the general public.  In addition, the standards are internationally benchmarked to the top performing nations to ensure that our students are globally competitive.  Parents, educators, content experts, researchers, national organizations, and community groups from forty-eight states, two territories, and the District of Columbia all participated in the development of the standards.  The CCSS are rigorous, research-based, and relevant to the real world.  On august 2, 2010, the California State Board of Education (SBE) voted and adopted the CCSS.


Links to information on the Common Core State Standards

Parent Road Maps to the New Common Core State Standards

California Department of Education's (CDE) CCSS website 

CCSS for English Language Arts and Literacy in Social Studies, Science & Technical Studies 

CCSS for ELA and Math by Grade Level K-8


Testing and Accountability

Students in grades 3-8 are tested on the Common Core State Standards in English and Language Arts and Mathematics through the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP).  Below are several links to information and videos on CAASPP testing.  

California Department of Education website for CAASPP 

Parent Guide to Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments Grades 3-5 in English:

In Spanish

Grades 6-8 in English:

Grades 6-8 in Spanish:

Understanding the CAASPP Student Score Report Video:

Entendiendo el Reporte de Puntuación del Estudiante del 2015-16: