Common Core State Standards

Common Core State Standards

  • Q:  What Are Common Core Standards?
    A:  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.  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 standards to prepare students for success in college and the workplace.  — California Department of Education

  • Q:  More on the Common Core State Standards
    A:  The standards are a set of internationally bench-marked K-12 educational standards to ensure every student's college and career readiness in English language arts and mathematics. These standards increase rigor in every school, and provide clarity and consistency for what all students need to know once they graduate from high school.  To date, 45 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, American Samoan Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands and the Anchorage, AK School District have voluntarily adopted the standards. – National PTA

  • Q:  What do the Common Core State Standards mean for students?
    A:  The standards provide clarity and consistency in what is expected of student learning across the country.  This initiative helps provide all students with an equal opportunity for an education, regardless of where they live.  The Common Core State Standards will not prevent different levels of achievement among students, but they will ensure more consistent exposure to materials and learning experiences through curriculum, instruction, and teacher preparation among other supports for student learning. – Common Core Standards Initiative
     
  • Q:  Why are the Common Core State Standards for just English language arts and math?
    A:  English language arts and math were the subjects chosen for the Common Core State Standards because they are areas upon which students build skill sets which are used in other subjects.  They are also the subjects most frequently assessed for accountability purposes. Common Core Standards Initiative

  • Q:  What does this work mean for students with disabilities and English language learners?
    A:  The Common Core State Standards give states the opportunity to share experiences and best practices, which can lead to an improved ability to serve young people with disabilities and English language learners.  Additionally, the standards include information on application of the standards for these groups of students. – Common Core Standards Initiative
Additional Resources:

CCSS Shifts in ELA Presentation  10.10.14

CCSS Sample Lesson Presentation, Presentation Handout and Sample Lesson Handout  11.7.14

CCSS Math Presentation, Focus in Math, Math Shifts  2.12.15

Khan Academy has produced a wonderful online resource which maps standards and practice tests for each grade.  Check it out.