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.
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 standards were written using the best and highest state standards already in existence throughout the country. The standards keep the best of what we have, and replace outdated ways of learning. They are based on research around effective instruction, internationally benchmarked, aligned with college and career expectations, and designed to prepare every student for success in college and the workplace.
Subject matter is no longer presented as general information or isolated facts or separated ideas. Instead, learning becomes more sequential with one "building block" of knowledge leading to another.
We don’t know what the jobs of tomorrow will be, but we do know our future depends on a strong workforce – and today’s schools must prepare our kids to be part of it.
The Saratoga Union School District is committed to implementing a successful transition from our current state standards and assessments to the new Common Core State Standards and assessments by:
• Building a strong understanding of the new standards, 21st century learning skills, and the new Smarter Balanced assessments.
• Supporting teachers with ongoing professional development
• Providing ongoing communication with our district’s community