Common Core Standards

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were developed through a state-led national initiative to establish consistent and clear education standards for English-language arts and mathematics that would better prepare American students for success in college, career, and the competitive global economy. The California State Board of Education adopted the standards on August 2, 2010.

 It is anticipated that schools and districts will transition to the new standards during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years, with full implementation in 2014-15.

 New assessments aligned with the standards are expected to be implemented by Spring 2015.

Quick Links to essential Common Core Information:
Parent's Backpack Guide to Common Core State Standards - Spanish
Nicasio and Lagunitas Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Overview - January 16, 2013

Additional Resources:
To further aid states as they continue to implement the Common Core State Standards (Standards), the Hunt Institute and the Council of Chief State School Officers have commissioned a series of video vignettes that explain the Standards in far greater depth.
These videos were developed to help diverse groups – educators, policymakers, parents – better understand the breadth and depth of the Standards and how they will improve teaching, make classrooms better, create shared expectations, and cultivate lifelong learning for all students. The segments are organized into separate Mathematics and ELA sections, and demonstrate critical concepts related to each.
States, schools, districts and teachers can use these videos in a number of ways—including, but not limited to:
  • Start compelling conversations about setting state or district policy goals, orienting staff to new classroom demands, assessing professional development tools, and creating local curricula and instructional materials
  • Help educators understand the major changes and advances in their state standards and their impact on what happens in classrooms
  • Use as strong lead-ins to teacher and administrator engagement in implementation and in setting higher expectations for students
  • Help parents understand the true essence of the Standards – why changes were important, what will be different in the educational experiences of their children, and how shared expectations—between parents and teachers—can help support children’s learning
  • Galvanize support for schools – educating parents and community leaders toward a shared goal of helping all students succeed
Each user should decide how to package the video vignettes in a way that best serves individual or organizational purposes. The segments can be used individually or can easily be linked together to create a customized package.
The Mathematics Assessment Program (MAP) aims to bring to life the Common Core State Standards (CCSSM) in a way that will help teachers and their students turn their aspirations for achieving them into classroom realities. MAP is a collaboration between the University of California, Berkeley and the Shell Center team at the University of Nottingham, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The team works with the Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative and school systems across the US and UK to develop improved assessment.
The Literacy Design Collaborative is a loosely affiliated group of partners interested in making sure secondary teachers have strong supports for teaching literacy in content areas. If all students are to be prepared for the tough literacy demands of college and the workplace, it’s up to teachers to make that happen.
America Achieves helps communities and states leverage policy, practice and leadership to build high quality educational systems and prepare each young person for success in careers, college, and citizenship.
Educators and communities have demonstrated that all young people are capable of achieving at much higher levels -- but these pockets of excellence are not enough. That is why America Achieves supports leaders and communities with real potential for large-scale success.
The Partnership for 21st Century Skills is a national organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student. As the United States continues to compete in a global economy that demands innovation, P21 and its members provide tools and resources to help the U.S. education system keep up by fusing the 3Rs and 4Cs (Critical thinking and problem solving, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity and innovation). While leading districts and schools are already doing this, P21 advocates for local, state and federal policies that support this approach for every school.
Ed leader 21 is the nation's first professional learning community dedicated to helping district leaders enhance the 4cs (critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity) in schools.



Raquel Rose,
Assistant Superintendent
Chris Spores,
Director, Education Services
Laura Trahan