What are the Common Core Standards?In 2010, more than 40 states adopted the same standards for English and math. These standards are called the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
Educational standards describe what students should know and be able to do in each subject in each grade. In California, the State Board of Education decides on the standards for all students, from kindergarten through high school. The California Department of Education helps schools make sure that all students are meeting the standards.Since 2010, a number of states across the nation have adopted the same standards for English and math. These standards are called the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Having the same standards helps all students get a good education, even if they change schools or move to a different state. Teachers, parents, and education experts designed the CCSS to prepare students for success in college and the workplace.
This three-minute video, provided by the Council of Great City Schools (CGCS), explains how the CCSS will help students achieve at high levels and help them learn what they need to know to get to graduation and beyond. You can find this video in Spanish and other videos on the CGCS Common Core Videos Web page.
California Common Core State Standards
- The adoption of the CCSS in California in 2010 was an outcome of an extensive review process. Review the significant events that led to California's adoption of the CCSS.
- Read what students should know and be able to do at each grade level in English language arts/literacy (PDF; 2MB) and mathematics (PDF; 3MB)
- Read more about the standards and what they mean for administrators, teachers, parents/guardians and students, higher education, and community partners.
- Read about California’s implementation of the CCSS.
- Read about why California is committed to the CCSS.
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