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CCSS Update: Volume II, Issue 23, August 27, 2013

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

New Resources

CCSS Publication Versions Now Available

Print versions of the California Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics and English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects are now available for purchase. You may view PDFs of the documents on the California Department of Education (CDE) CCSS Web page. Details about how to order the publications, including sales tax and shipping and handling fees, are available on the CDE Press Catalog Listings of Publications Web page or by calling toll-free, 1-800-995-4099. To view State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson’s announcement of the publications, including a new video about transitioning to the standards, please visit the CDE News Release Web page.

The Secondary Literacy Partnership: 2013–14 Webinar Series and Secondary Literacy Summit

“Transitioning to the Common Core State Standards: Spotlight on Instruction, Assessment, and Equity,” a free 6-session Webinar Series, commences on September 12, 2013, at 3:30 p.m. The first webinar, “An Overview for 6th–12th Grade ELA and Content Area Teachers,” will be presented by Sacramento County Office of Education staff. This webinar will highlight topics such as informational text, drawing evidence from sources, and using complex text. To register, please visit the SchoolsMovingUp webinar Web page External link opens in new window or tab..

The 2013 Secondary Literacy Summit, “Linking Common Core State Standards to Classroom Practice,” will be held on October 25, 2013, at the San Diego County Office of Education. The cost is $25/person and includes a light breakfast, lunch, and snacks. School teams are encouraged to attend this one day conference to begin or continue the collaboration that will lead to increased student achievement in all disciplines and content areas. Please see the attached flyer. For more information, including the registration form, please visit the Brokers of Expertise Secondary Literacy Partnership Web page External link opens in new window or tab..

Smarter Balanced Practice Test Help Desk

On August 1, 2013, Smarter Balanced opened a Help Desk to provide support for the Smarter Balanced Practice Tests. The scheduled days and hours are Monday through Friday, 4 a.m.–7 p.m. (Pacific Time), excluding holidays. You can contact the Help Desk toll-free by phone at 1-855-833-1969 or by e-mail at smarterbalancedhelpdesk@ets.org. Questions regarding accessing the practice tests, practice test accommodations, the use and purpose of the practice tests, and technical issues related to taking the practice tests are welcomed and encouraged.

Local Control Funding Formula Special Update

A new listserv has been created to send updates to those interested in the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). If you would like to receive e-mail updates regarding the LCFF, please send a "blank" e-mail message to join-LCFF-list@mlist.cde.ca.gov. Information about the LCFF is also available on the CDE LCFF Web page.


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