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California Department of Education News Release
Release: #12-104
November 7, 2012
Contact: Tina Jung
E-mail: communications@cde.ca.gov
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces State Approval of
Instructional Materials Aligned to Common Core State Standards

SACRAMENTO—Providing a crucial bridge for schools as they shift to the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the State Board of Education approved the first supplemental instructional materials* aligned to the new standards, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today.

"Approval of these materials gives schools another new tool as they work to bring the new Common Core standards to life in California's classrooms, providing a practical way to prepare children for the challenges of a constantly changing world," Torlakson said. "These materials—and those that will follow—focus on the key knowledge and skills students need for college and a career."

"Today's action by the State Board reflects the concerted efforts of the state's policy, legislative, and administrative bodies to put instructional materials in the hands of local districts to assist them as they transition to California's Common Core State Standards," said State Board of Education President Michael Kirst. "The State Board is working diligently to respond to the needs of students, teachers, and administrators as they implement the Common Core State Standards in their schools."

Instructional materials include textbooks, software programs, online or Web-based information, and other components that provide students with academic content to support their educational growth. The approval of the supplemental instructional materials should not be confused with a state adoption of instructional materials. Instead, these approved supplemental instructional materials bridge the gap between what school districts are currently using and the CCSS that include California additions adopted in 2010 by the State Board of Education.

California is among 46 states that adopted the CCSS. This state-led initiative establishes consistent, clear education standards for English-language arts and mathematics across the nation. The standards are research-based and internationally benchmarked, meaning they were informed by the practices of high-achieving nations around the world.

Torlakson started a process in 2011 to review supplemental materials aligned to the CCSS, because developing new curriculum frameworks and instructional materials was suspended in 2009 by the State Legislature and Governor until July 1, 2015. To expand that process, Senate Bill 140 (Lowenthal) was approved to help to create a shared and cooperative effort, involving teachers, administrators, and local and state educational leaders.

Publishers submitted 42 items for review. A group of reviewers were appointed by the State Board of Education in March 2012 and trained by California Department of Education staff. Of the 42 submissions, the reviewers recommended for approval by the State Board of Education, 12 supplemental programs for English language arts and seven for mathematics.

The materials cover kindergarten through grade eight in English-language arts and kindergarten through grade seven in mathematics. Because the 1997 California standards and the CCSS for mathematics do not match at grade eight, supplements for grade eight adopted mathematics programs were not part of the review.

For more information on the approval of the materials, please visit the California Department of Education Web page, Supplemental Instructional Materials Review.

Torlakson's efforts in moving toward the CCSS are a cornerstone of his A Blueprint for Great Schools initiative, which provides a vision and direction for California's education system, including a focus on 21st Century learning, meeting the needs of the whole child, and rebuilding the ranks of California's teachers with resources and respect.

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Attachments

English Language Arts Recommended Programs

Publisher Program Recommended Grades

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

California Excursions

K, 2, 3, 4, 5

McGraw-Hill Education

California CCSS Treasures Supplemental

K–6

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

California Medallion

K–6

SRA/McGraw-Hill

Imagine It! CCSS Supplemental

K–6

Holt McDougal

Holt McDougal Literature California Common Core

6–8

McGraw-Hill Education

California Literature CCSS Supplement

6–8

Pearson Prentice Hall

Pearson Literature California

6–8

McGraw-Hill Education

Reading Wonders

K–6

Holt McDougal

Holt McDougal Literature

6–8

Scholastic Education

English 3D

6–8

Achieve 3000

KidBiz 3000 and TeenBiz3000

2–8

Scholastic, Inc.

Scholastic CA CCSS-ELA Gap Bundle

K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

Mathematics Recommended Programs

Publisher Program Recommended Grades

McGraw-Hill Education

My California Math Supplement

K–5

McGraw-Hill Education

Everyday Math CCSS Supplement

K–6

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

California Common Core Math

K–6

Pearson Scott Foresman

envision Math

K–5

Holt McDougal

California Math Curriculum Companion

6–7

McGraw-Hill Education

Cinch Math

6–7

Pearson Prentice Hall

Prentice Hall Mathematics

6–7

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*For more information on the newly approved supplemental instructional materials please see Item 6 of the State Board of Education Agenda for November 7-8, 2012.

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5206, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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