Common Core State Standards
Adopted by the California State Board of Education in August of 2010 and revised in March of 2013, the California Standards
"establish what it means to be a literate person in the twenty-first century. Students learn to closely read and analyze critical works of literature and an array of nonfiction text in an exploding print and digital world. They use research and technology to sift through the staggering amount of information available and engage in collaborative conversations, sharing and reforming viewpoints through a variety of written and speaking applications."
-- California Department of Education
The full list of the CCSS in ELA and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subject can be found on the CA Dept. of Education's website.
The full list of the CCSS in Math can be found on the CA Dept. of Education's website.
Shifting Instruction for Students and Teachers
- A balance of informational and literary texts
- A focus on building knowledge within the disciplines
- An emphasis on skills which build upon one another as students progress through school
- A shift to questions and answers which require students to deeply analyze various texts
- A focus on developing research skills
- The development of students' academic vocabulary within all disciplines
For Math, the CCSS include the following shifts:
- Deep Understanding
- Dual Intensity
The following handout, from Achieve the Core, defines the shifts further for each discipline: Instructional Shifts - Achieve the Core.pdf
There are also many useful resources for parents regarding what the CCSS mean for their students and classrooms:
For FAQs, please visit the Core Standards for one of many resources regarding what the standards mean for students, teachers, the classroom and the community.
To see an interactive map regarding the progress toward CCSS implementation across the country. Standards in Your State