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CCSS Update: Volume I, Issue 6, August 21, 2012

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Update includes information regarding the implementation of the CCSS.

New Resources

New Text Complexity Resources Available

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) emphasize increasing the complexity of texts students read as a key element in improving reading comprehension. Student Achievement Partners has added a set of resources regarding text complexity External link opens in new window or tab. to its Achieve the Core Web site. The collection includes new field-tested tools to measure quantitative and qualitative dimensions of text complexity as well as new research on text complexity offered as a supplement to Appendix A of the CCSS for English language arts and literacy.

Videos of Common Core Lessons for Teachers External link opens in new window or tab.

There are over 100 free videos related to CCSS instruction available on the Teaching Channel. The videos provide lesson ideas, an overview of the ELA and Math Standards, and demonstrations of teaching practices.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities to Participate

Opportunity to Provide Feedback: Reauthorization of the California Pupil Assessment System

As part of the process in developing recommendations to the Legislature for the reauthorization of the California pupil assessment system, State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) Tom Torlakson, is seeking your help. All Californians have a unique opportunity to provide thoughts on and suggestions for what they think should be included in this system. Several opportunities exist for you to provide feedback. You may:

  • Complete a brief survey: [These surveys are no longer available]
    • Statewide Assessment Reauthorization Survey (English version)
    • Statewide Assessment Reauthorization Survey (Spanish version)
  • Send comments by e-mail to

To learn more about the statewide assessment reauthorization process, please visit the CDE Statewide Pupil Assessment System Web page.

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