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CCSS Update: Volume II, Issue 25, Sept. 5, 2013

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

Back-to-School Special

Common Core State Standards Implementation Funds Released

$622 million in new state funding has been released to support the shift to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The funding release represents the first half of $1.25 billion allocated for this purpose, which was included in the state budget by Governor Brown and the Legislature at State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson's urging. The CCSS implementation funds may be expended for any of the following purposes:

  • Professional development for teachers, administrators, and paraprofessional educators or other classified employees involved in the direct instruction of pupils that is aligned to the academic content standards.
  • Instructional materials aligned to the academic content standards.
  • Integration of the academic content standards through technology-based instruction, including expenditures necessary to support the administration of computer-based assessments.

The second half of the funding will be released in October. More information regarding the apportionment and expenditure of these funds, including frequently asked questions (FAQs), is available on the California Department of Education (CDE) Common Core State Standards Implementation Funds Web page.

Resources for Parents and Guardians

Parents and guardians are crucial partners in laying the groundwork for a smooth transition to the new standards. Here are a few of our favorite resources for sharing information about the CCSS with parents and guardians. These, and many more high-quality tools for communicating with families, are available on the Students/Parents tab on the CDE CCSS Web page.

Resources for Parents and Guardians | DOC
This one-page handout includes a list of resources developed by various state and national implementation partners (including the PTA and California’s county offices of education) for parents and guardians interested in learning more about the CCSS and how to support their child’s attainment of these standards.

CDE Informational Handouts
The CDE has developed four informational flyers providing overviews and highlights of the CCSS. These flyers have been translated and are available in 19 different languages.

Council of Great City Schools Parent Roadmaps External link opens in new window or tab.
The Council of Great City Schools (CGCS) has developed parent roadmaps for understanding the English language arts (ELA) and mathematics CCSS in kindergarten through eighth grade. For each grade and subject, the roadmaps explain to parents what children will be learning and how parents can support learning outside of the classroom.

Council of Great City Schools Common Core Videos External link opens in new window or tab.
The CGCS has developed a three-minute video explaining the CCSS and a 30-second Public Service Announcement to increase public awareness of and engagement with the CCSS. Both videos are also available in Spanish.

Shifts for Students and Parents External link opens in new window or tab.
EngageNY has created a practical guide that provides steps that parents can take to improve their child’s learning of the CCSS.

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