Information for California Teachers regarding Common Core Standards

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Building on the excellent foundation of standards states have laid, the Common Core State Standards are the first step in providing our young people with a high-quality education. It should be clear to every student, parent, and teacher what the standards of success are in every school.

Teachers, parents and community leaders have all weighed in to help create the Common Core State Standards. The standards clearly communicate what is expected of students at each grade level. This will allow our teachers to be better equipped to know exactly what they need to help students learn and establish individualized benchmarks for them. The Common Core State Standards focus on core conceptual understandings and procedures starting in the early grades, thus enabling teachers to take the time needed to teach core concepts and procedures well—and to give students the opportunity to master them.

With students, parents and teachers all on the same page and working together for shared goals, we can ensure that students make progress each year and graduate from school prepared to succeed in college and in a modern workforce.
To appropriately cite the Common Core State Standards, use the following:
Authors: National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, Council of Chief State School Officers
Title: Common Core State Standards (insert specific content area if you are using only one)
Publisher: National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington D.C.
Copyright Date: 2010

Download the Common Core Standards in PDF format

Common Core Standards Toolkit

Published by the NEA

The resources contained in this overview provide a general understanding of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and a growing set of advocacy tools. NEA compiled these materials to snapshot key areas of implementation and assist in broad communication about the Standards

Vision and Goal Statement NEA believes the CCSS have the potential to provide access to a complete and challenging education for all children. Broad range cooperation in developing these voluntary standards provides educators
with more manageable curriculum goals and greater opportunities to use their professional judgment in ways that promote student success.
NEA developed this interactive toolkit with resources and access to forums to prepare educators to implement the Standards and positively impact student achievement by:

Facilitating a feedback loop of information about the Standards and corresponding assessments;

Informing instructional practice with strategies and curricular design methodologies; and,

Providing a continuum of support for implementing the Standards, along with strategies for advocacy and parental and community engagement.

How to Use this Resource

This toolkit is intended to be a fully dynamic resource of information on Common Core State Standards and contains six critical areas for understanding and preparing for implementation of the Common Core State Standards:
(1) Common Core State Standards Overview; (2) Curriculum and Instruction;
(3) Professional Development; (4) Assessment and Reflection; (5) English Language Learners; and, (6) Students with Disabilities.

Reviewed in its entirety, the toolkit provides general background and links to pertinent information about the CCSS, as well as practical assistance and planning. Users can download editable materials and presentations in smaller chunks that may be used in a variety of settings. Video resources have been included for individual use as well as for sharing in larger settings. Resources found in this toolkit will be updated periodically and as implementation of the Standards progress.

Download the Common Core Standards Toolkit

Common Core Mobile

View the Common Core State Standards in one convenient FREE app! A great reference for students, parents, and teachers to easily read and understand the core standards. Quickly find standards by subject, grade, and subject category (domain/cluster). This app includes Math standards K-12 and Language Arts standards K-12. Math standards include both traditional and integrated pathways (as outlined in Appendix A of the common core) and synthesizes Language Arts standards with the Corresponding College and Career Readiness Standards (CCR's).

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