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California State Standards

What are the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Benefits for Parents?
The following information is provided courtesy of the Orange County Department of Education.
California educators have joined a national movement to adopt common standards and assessments for English language arts and mathematics. Currently, standards for what students should know and are able to do vary among states, as does the difficulty of the assessments used to determine whether students are meeting those standards. Common Core State Standards allow for collaboration among states on best practices and professional development.
A common set of standards ensures that all students, no matter where they live, will be focused on graduating from high school prepared for post secondary education and careers. In an increasingly mobile society, families with children transferring to new schools will not have to adjust to new learning expectations. Standards will be the same for all students in states adopting the CCSS, making the transition smoother for students.
In a competitive global economy, all students must compete with not only peers in the United States, but also with students from around the world. The CCSS were designed to prepare students to succeed in this environment.
Common Core State Standards will facilitate conversation among parents, teachers, and students about high- level academic learning goals. Common Core State Standards define exactly what students should know and are able to do at each grade level, they will help parents hold their schools accountable for teaching students in ways that support learning of the important content and skills defined by the CCSS.


California’s Adoption of Common Core State Standards
Adopted in California in August 2010, the K-12 Common Core State Standards were developed through a state-led effort to establish consistent and clear education standards for English language arts and mathematics. The initiative was launched by and supported by the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association.
California will be fully implementing the Common Core State Standards in 2013-14. The Common Core State Standards are two-fold, addressing both content to be covered and “habits of mind” that students will engage in as they gain content expertise. Implementation of the Common Core State Standards in California’s schools will occur in stages over the next few years.
Common Core in the Classroom
The learning environment is 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 so they will be best positioned to live happy, successful lives here in Orange County as well as contribute and compete successfully in our local and global economy.
Common Core Information/Communication Resources
The Common Core Standards and Video Exemplars
Orange County Department of Education Common Core Website, Parent Resources
Common Core Parent Guides, PTA
PTA has created grade-by-grade parent guides that reflect the Common Core State Standards. Individual guides were created for grades K-8 and two were created for grades 9-12 (one for English language arts/literacy and one for mathematics). The guides are available in English and Spanish.
CDE Informational Flyers
K-8 California Common Core Parent Handbook


Common Core Standards - Kindergarten.pdf

Common Core Standards - Grade 1.pdf

Common Core Standards - Grade 2.pdf

Common Core Standards - Grade 3.pdf

Common Core Standards - Grade 4.pdf

Common Core Standards - Grade 5.pdf

Common Core Standards - Grade 6.pdf

Common Core Standards - Grades 7 and 8.pdf

A Look at the Common Core through Sixth Grade.pdf

A Look at the Common Core for 7th and 8th Grades.pdf