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CCSS Update: Volume II, Issue 35, December 5, 2013

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

New Resources


The California School Boards Association (CSBA) has produced a number of resources to assist governance teams as they implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in their district or county office of education. On the CSBA CCSS Web page External link opens in new window or tab., you will find the Governing to the Core series, fact sheets, webcast recordings, and other publications.

New Achieve Publication on the Role of the School Librarian in CCSS Implementation

Achieve, in partnership with the American Association of School Librarians and support from the MetLife Foundation, has made available online the new publication, “Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of The School Librarian Action Brief” External link opens in new window or tab.. This Action Brief for school librarians is a starting point, designed to increase awareness of the standards, create a sense of urgency around their implementation, and provide these stakeholders — who are faced with dramatically increased expectations in the context of fewer resources — with a deeper understanding of the standards and their role in implementing the standards.

Now Available: Smarter Balanced Field Test Secure Browsers for Windows, Mac, and Android Devices

The Smarter Balanced secure browser, which must be installed on each student computer for the spring 2014 Field Test, is now available for Microsoft Windows, Macintosh OS X, and Android-based tablets. Links to download these browsers, as well as installation instructions, are available through the Smarter Balanced secure browser Web site [no longer available; field test concluded in June 2014]. The Field Test secure browsers for Linux, iOS (i.e., iPad), and Google Chrome OS (i.e., Chromebook) are expected to be available in the coming months. Questions regarding the Smarter Balanced Field Test secure browser should be directed to the California Technical Assistance Center by phone at 800-955-2954 or by e-mail at


Writing to Inform, Argue, and Analyze Professional Learning Module

December 11, 3:30 p.m.

The California Department of Education (CDE) is pleased to present a webinar on December 11, 2013, for the English Language Arts: Writing to Inform, Argue, and Analyze External link opens in new window or tab. professional learning module. The webinar will focus on providing educator leaders and professional learning providers with an overview of how to facilitate group sessions using module content. The module is part of the CCSS for California Educators series and was developed in collaboration with the University of California Berkeley/California Writing Project. To join this event, please visit the WebEx Event Information Web Page [This webinar event has passed].

Lessons Learned: CCSS Implementation within General Ed and Special Ed Classrooms with an Emphasis on Schools in the California Postsecondary Education Commission Grant

December 12, 3:30 p.m.

The Center for Distance and Online Learning (CDOL) and the Los Angeles County Office of Education Reading Language Arts Unit will provide a look at promising practices for implementing the CCSS. This free interactive webinar will provide viewers with a rich discussion of strategies and tools for implementing the CCSS. Featured district representatives will share implementation approaches and video segments of promising practices. Viewers will have a chance to ask questions. For more information, please visit the CDOL Webinar Web page [This webinar event has passed].


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