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Development of the Common Core State Standards

A list of significant events related to the adoption of the Common Core Standards.
Date(s) Event

Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA) commit to developing a set of standards that would help prepare students for success in college and career.

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May 2009 The State Board of Education (SBE) President, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI), and the Governor of California agree to participate in the CCSSO and the NGA initiative to develop Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as part of California’s application to the federal Race to the Top grant.
September 2009 Release of draft College and Career Readiness standards; foundation for the CCSS.
September 2009 – March 2010

CCSSO and NGA begin CCSS initiative; development of draft CCSS includes stakeholders from nearly every state; feedback and review teams include K–12 teachers, postsecondary faculty, curriculum and assessment experts, researchers, and national organizations.

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January 2010 Senate Bill X5 1 amends California Education Code Section 60605.8 to provide for adoption of the CCSS, including formation of an Academic Content Standards Commission (ACSC) responsible for making a recommendation to the SBE regarding adoption of CCSS. The CCSS can not be changed, but supplemental standards can be added (15 percent).
March 2010 Release draft version of CCSS for public comment, approximately 10,000 comments submitted.
June 2, 2010

Release final version of CCSS.

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June–July 2010

ACSC meetings held at Sacramento County Office of Education. ACSC reviews CCSS for alignment to California standards and develops recommendations for standards to supplement the CCSS in California.

August 2, 2010

The SBE adopts the Common Core State Standards, including California-specific standards, as recommended by the ACSC. SBE directs CDE staff to develop a plan and timeline for implementation of the standards. To view the recording of this meeting, please visit the Why the CCSS in California? Web page.

California State Board of Education
November 2010

Update and discussion at the Commission on Teachers Credentialing (CTC) and the SBE Joint Meeting, including presentations on the CCSS and the development of an implementation plan.

CTC and SBE Joint Meeting

July 2011

Begin regular updates to the SBE on the activities of the CDE and the SBE regarding implementation of the CCSS.

SBE Meeting for July 2011

January 2013

SBE adopts modifications to the CCSS for Mathematics with California additions and model courses for higher mathematics, as authorized by Senate Bill 1200 (Chapter 654, Statutes of 2012).

SBE Meeting for January 2013

March 2013

SBE adopts College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards to the CCSS for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects with California Additions, as authorized by SB 1200 (Chapter 654, Statutes of 2012).

SBE Meeting for March 2013

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Last Reviewed: Wednesday, August 30, 2023