Common Core Standards

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are designed to provide a consistent and clear understanding of what students are expected to learn so teachers and families can help students achieve. The CA CC assists the California Department of Education (CDE), California’s State Board of Education, and other statewide networks in the planning, implementation, and dissemination of information around the CCSS, particularly in mathematics and English language arts. In addition, the CA CC provides support to ensure that the common core standards meet the needs of English learners. Lastly, the CA CC provides support to organize research and other information to develop the next iteration of curriculum frameworks for the new standards.

Work Highlights

Presentations at 2013 CAASFEP Professional Development Institute

The 2013 CAASFEP Professional Development Institute presentations have migrated to the new CA CC website, found here.

Overview of California’s 2012 English Language Development Standards

The Overview of California’s 2012 English Language Development Standards video has migrated to the new CA CC website, found here.

Cost of Implementing Common Core

Implementing CCSS is a complex undertaking for districts and schools, requiring potentially new materials, staff preparation, and technology. The CA CC has prepared resources to help local educational agencies consider and plan for the costs associated with implementing CCSS.

Curriculum Frameworks

The CA CC has convened experts in the areas of mathematics and English language arts to organize and document relevant research – with a focus on evidence of effective practices – to help prepare and guide the curriculum framework committee in the development of mathematics framework.

English Language Development Standards Revision

The CA CC is assisting the CDE to develop the next generation of English Language Development (ELD) standards by gathering input from education practitioners, researchers, and other leading experts.

Common Core Professional Development Modules

The CA CC is supporting the CDE in facilitating a task force – comprised of county office staff, district staff, school site principals, teachers, subject matter representatives, and other content experts – to review and refine criteria for guiding the development of Professional Development Modules and identify possible topics for these modules. Module development was outlined in AB 250, which requires the CDE to develop a set of modules regarding common core standards, incorporating 21st century skills, technology, and leadership.