What are the California Common Core State Standards?
In August 2010, the State of California joined 45 other states and the District of Columbia in approving national K-12 academic standards for math and language arts. The new academic benchmarks were recommended by the 21-member California Academic Content Standards Commission. The State Board of Education adopted the Common Core Standards on August 2, 2010.
The New Standards
The new standards are designed to prepare every student for success in college and their careers. In fact, Saratoga Union School District was excited to see that the new standards emphasize many of the important 21st century skills our district initiatives were focusing on. The California Common Core Standards (CCCS) are rigorous, and research-based, and are internationally benchmarked to ensure that California students will be able to compete globally. The standards were designed based upon the very best educational practices, and with input from teachers, content experts, and feedback from the public.
The new standards will be assessed with new assessments that are currently being developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. For more information about the upcoming assessments, and to view sample assessment items, visit the SBAC website.
The Latest News from the California Department of Education
For the latest information from the State of California regarding the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, visit the CDE News Releases site. Click HERE to view the September 4, 2013 press release from State Superintendent, Tom Torlakson.
The following links and resources will provide more information about the Common Core State Standards, and we will continue to keep our community informed as we learn more about this exciting change for our schools and our students.
- To view the complete California Common Core Standards documents, please visit the California Department of Education Common Core website.
- For more information about the Smarter Balanced Assessments, please visit the SBAC website.
- The National PTA has created a Parent's Guide to Student Success for the Common Core.