Thank you for taking the time to learn about the California Standards and what they mean for your student.
California has adopted the Common Core State Standards as our state’s official standards for ELA & Math. The Common Core State Standards set grade-by-grade learning expectations for students in grades K-12 for Mathematics and for English Language Arts (ELA) and Literacy. While states have had standards for more than 15 years, this set of standards has set clear, consistent and high learning goals and is more focused on preparing students for success in college and career.
California has also adopted the new Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) assessments to measure student growth and achievement relative to the new standards. Following two years of field testing and piloting, these new assessments are officially administered to all students in grades 3-8 and 11 beginning in the Spring of 2015. This will provide our baseline performance data from which we will continue to grow throughout our gradual, purposeful transition to the Common Core State Standards.
While Common Core is “new”, our District’s Strategic Plan articulates values that are already in line with Common Core, making this less of a transition to a new set of priorities, and more accurately, a reinforcement of those things we value: