The San Marino Unified School District, along with all California districts, is presently implementing the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics. The Common Core State Standards are a starting point for transforming the way we practice the art of teaching and for building stronger conversations among teachers, grade levels/departments, schools, districts, and states.
These Common Core State Standards are designed to be robust and relevant to our 21st century, global world, reflecting the knowledge and skills students need for success in postsecondary education and careers. The new standards place more of an emphasis on thinking critically and creatively, articulating positions, taking intellectual risks and collaborating effectively. Common Core standards will facilitate conversation among teachers, parents and students about high level academic learning goals. These standards define exactly what students should know, and are able to do, at each grade level.