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     Read CTA's Policy Brief on the Common Core State Standards

    Common Core State Standards are K-12 English Language Arts/Literacy and Math standards that will create a clear, consistent level of knowledge for our public school students no matter where they live.

     Q&A from the California Educator

    1. They Will Deepen Problem-Solving Skills and Critical Thinking 
    The math standards will allow educators to focus on fewer topics and dive into them more deeply and rigorously, making sure kids grasp concepts fully so they can master them and apply them to real world problems. The English and literacy standards emphasize critical thinking, comprehension, analysis, and writing, and highlight the growing complexity of texts students must read to prepare for the demands of college and career.

    2. They Promote Greater Opportunity for All Kids 
    Research shows that in some pockets of the country, particularly low-income neighborhoods, students are placed in larger classes with watered-down curriculum and out-of-date learning materials. The result is too many kids graduating without the basic knowledge and skills required for college or the workplace. CCSS, properly implemented, ensures that all students, no matter where they live, will graduate prepared for college, careers, and citizenship.

    3. They Bring Back Flexibility and Creativity 
    Unlike the “drill and kill” test prep associated with NCLB, CCSS only provide the framework of what should be taught –teachers get to decide how they’ll teach them based on their expertise and judgment. Educators can find more creative, hands-on applications that are more engaging for everyone.

    4. They Call for Collaborative Decisions 
    The standards give us a once-in-a-generation opportunity to offer our children a world-class education in every state of the country, but we must be flexible in how they’re implemented, applied and assessed over time. We’re in a process of discovery – as we collect information – administrators, teachers, support staff, and parents must collaborate to ensure the best possible implementation occurs so students can reap the benefits of that collaboration.

    5. Implementation is the Key to Success 
    We must work together with parents and community members to demand a plan that makes sense to transition to the new standards and to ensure next generation assessment systems are fair and include multiple, appropriate and valid measures of student success.

    Deeper Dive into the CCSS & Assessments (2013)



    Common Core Basics

    Presentation - Common Core State Standards Overiew

    College and Career Readiness Ancho Standards (06.19.12 Sacramento COE)

    CCR Anchor Standards - 8 Spirals

    Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy



    Smarter Balanced Basics

    The New California Assessments: Smarter Balanced Overview



    Getting Organized for the CCSS

    Presentation - Getting Organized for the Transition to the CCSS

    San Juan TA : Shared Vision For Implementation of CCSS

    San Juan TA: Common Core State Standards Steering Committee



    Getting Organized for SBA

    Presentation - Getting Organized for the Transition to SBA

    Table Talk Discussion Questions

    Grade 3 ELA Sample SR Item Form (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium v.1)

    Grade 4 ELA Sample CR Item Form C1 T1 (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium v.1)



    Deeper Dive English Language Arts

    Presentation - Deeper Dive ELA

    Common Core State Standards - What are they and what do we know? Norma Sanchez, CTA (March 2013)

    Guide to Creating Text-Dependent Questions

    Checklist for Text-Dependent Questions



    Deeper Dive Math

    Presentation - Transitioning to the Common Core State Standards Mathematics



    Performance Tasks English Language Arts

    Presentation - Performance Tasks ELA

    Sample Performance Tasks




    Standards, Resources & Presentations available on this site

    NEA Common Core Toolkit (2013)

    2013 DRAFT California Common Core State Standards

    Why We Need Common Core - "I Choose C" (video clip)
    R. N. Gutierrez, 8th Grade ELA, Palm Springs USD

    CCSS CDE Resource Highlights

    CCSS CDE ELA Resources

    CCSS CDE Math Resources

    CCSS CDE Parent/Guardian Resources