Common Core Explained
Getting to the Core...
Common Core Standards
Common Core State Standards are a progression of skills that students master as they move from transitional kindergarten through high school. The Standards are designed to provide a consistent understanding of what students are expected to learn to ensure they are challenged, make appropriate progress, and prepared for success. These learning goals help students meet college and career expectations while creating the foundation needed for students to "contribute and thrive in a changing world". Currently, California has joined 44 other states and adopted the Common Core Standards for mathematics and English language arts.
Parent Tip: Look through the common core standards below to get a feel for what your child will be learning as they proceed through school.
Here is a list of resources for the new Common Core Standards.
What is the Common Core?
What are the Common Core Standards for California?
What are the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts, Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical subjects?
What are the Common Core Standards for Math?
Common Core State Standards Implementation Plan for California
Common Core Frequently Asked Questions
Why are Smarter Balanced Assessments replacing the California Star Test?
Achieve the Core - Research and resources for how the Common Core was developed and resources for digging into the standards.
Common Core in Spanish.
Mathematics Common Core Resources
Common Core State Standards
Common Core Math
The National Common Core Standards and resources.
Tools for the Common Core
Blog by one of the author's of the math standards, Bill McCallum
University of Arizona CCSS Resources
Math Progressions Documents – these were created as an explanation of the learning that students progress through mathematically. These documents were foundational in creating the CCSS Math along with International research and standards/curriculum from other countries.
Math Common Core Coalition
The site includes material or links to information and resources that the organizations of the coalition are providing to the public and the education community about the CCSSM.
The Mathematics Center & Math Coaching Consortium
Lessons, and resources organized by grade level. Provides teachers resources for teaching concepts using multiple methods. There is also a Common Core section with sample assessment items ready to use in the classroom.
Inside the Mathematics (MARS Tasks)
This site features classroom examples of innovative teaching methods and insights into student learning, tools for mathematics instruction that teachers can use immediately, and video tours of the ideas and materials on the site.
Google Apps and the Common Core
Ways to use Google Apps to increase student engagement and achievement while connecting the learning to the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
Illustrative Mathematics shows all grade levels and standards for math with links to sample "Performance Tasks"