Common Core Standards
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New standards, called Common Core State Standards, are on the way for all students in California, beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. These standards set high expectations for all students. They are rigorous and internationally benchmarked; research- and evidence-based; aligned with college and career expectations; and they build on the foundation laid by individual states. The aim of this state-led initiative is to develop standards that ensure all students are held to consistent expectations that will prepare them for college and career.

 

This three-minute video from the Council of the Great City Schools explains how the new state standards will help students achieve at high levels and help them learn what they need to know to get to graduation and beyond. [en Español]
The testing process for the Common Core Curriculum will use a new on-line system called the "Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium" or "SBAC" for short. This system replaces the old pen and paper testing method with a computerized test that will tailor itself for each student's learning needs. But that doesn't mean it will be easy!

To see for yourself how the SBAC test works, CLICK HERE to take a sample test.

Click here for downloadable PDF file on Common Core Standards.

Click here for information on District implementation of Common Core Standards.