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California's New State Standards: The future belongs to your child

We don’t know what the jobs of tomorrow will be, but we do know our future depends on a strong workforce — and today’s schools must prepare our kids to be part of it.

NEW STANDARDS FOR ALL STUDENTS

California is updating the way we prepare students for the future. With the implementation of new standards for all students, called Common Core State Standards, learning in the classroom will look different for your child.

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The new standards mean:

  • Deeper, richer, more relevant instruction for your child
  • Clearly defined learning goals for each grade level that build from year to year
  • A focus on key knowledge and skills, including communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.

The new standards matter because:

  • They’re part of an overall update to the way our schools ensure all students achieve – including more professional development opportunities for teachers, updated instructional materials and technology, and more useful assessments
  • They provide all students with hands-on experiences, and opportunities to experiment and try new approaches
  • They help prepare your child, and every child, to navigate a fast-paced, super-connected changing world.

What’s Cooking With the Common Core in California? from FrameWorks Institute on Vimeo.

PARENTS’ GUIDE TO STUDENT SUCCESS

Find out what your child will be learning, at each grade level, in Mathematics and English Language Arts with the new Common Core State Standards. You’ll also learn more about how you can support your child’s learning and other helpful information.

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By grade-level:

Additional math resources from the California Department of Education:

NEW STUDENT ASSESSMENTS

Our children’s school assessments are changing. Gone are the multiple-choice, fill-in-the-bubble tests, now replaced with high-tech opportunities for our kids to show what they really know through writing, critical thinking and problem-solving — real skills needed for real-world success.

The new assessments offer a more complete snapshot of your child’s progress, so your child’s score will appear in a new way. These brand-new tests are too fundamentally different from the old exams to make any reliable comparisons between old scores and new. That’s OK.

Information will be available to teachers, schools and school districts on a timely basis so it can be used to help students learn. Teachers should receive the scores of their students electronically much faster than in the past, which will help them adjust their teaching and plan for the next year.

It’s important to remember that the new assessments are only one part of our upgraded education system, which includes new learning standards and more decision-making at the local level. Standardized tests are just one way of measuring student progress, along with class assignments and report cards.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

For more information about the new state standards and what they mean for students, teachers and schools, visit National PTA. You can also view a detailed presentation from the California Department of Education.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

  • California Department of Education — Find detailed information about the new state standards including implementation and resources for teachers, administrators, the higher education community and parents.
  • K-8 California’s Common Core Standards Parent Handbook — This handbook, created by the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) in consultation with the California State PTA, gives parents an introduction to California’s CCSS and a summary of what students are expected to learn as they advance from kindergarten through grade eight.
  • Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Information — Smarter Balanced tests will assess the full range of Common Core Standards in English language arts and mathematics for students in grades 3-8 and 11. It will measure current student achievement and growth over time, showing progress toward college and career readiness, and allowing for growth models.

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