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Common Core State Standards Resources (CCSS)

Parents and Guardians

These resources have been compiled for parents and guardians interested in learning more about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and how to support their child's attainment of these standards.

What are the Common Core Standards?

Informational Flyers

K–8 California's Common Core Standards Parent Handbook created by the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) in consultation with the California State Parent Teacher Association (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. The handbook and translations in 17 languages may be found on the CCSESA Common Core Standards Communication Tools Web page under the General Overview Materials section.

California PTA Parent ResourcesThe California State PTA has made available many resources for parents to learn more about the CCSS and support their child's achievement of the standards. Resources include frequently asked questions, presentations, a parents' guide, links to additional resources, and articles of interest.

Achieve the Core Common Core Resources for Parents and Community Members: This Web page contains resources compiled for parents and guardians introducing the CCSS including information about the standards; guides, roadmaps, and videos for parents; and teacher and business support for the CCSS.

Common Core Resources for Special Education: CCSS resources and guidelines for the special education community.

California Department of Education CCSS Resources: Information and resources about the academic content standards for mathematics and ELA adopted by the State Board of Education on August 2, 2010.

Council of Great City Schools Parent Roadmaps: The Council of Great City Schools has developed parent roadmaps for understanding the English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics CCSS in kindergarten through eighth grade. For each grade and subject, the roadmaps explain to parents what children will be learning and how parents can support learning outside of the classroom.

Common Core State Standards Initiative: Learn why the Common Core is important for your child.

New Brochures Help Explain California Common Core State Standard: What kinds of things will my child learn in mathematics and English language arts in first grade? In high school? New brochures focused on the California Common Core State Standards for mathematics and English language arts/literacy (ELA) are now available to help teachers and other educators answer such questions from parents, guardians, and other community members. The brochures on the mathematics standards showcase example problems, and the brochures on the ELA standards highlight the progression of learning through the grade levels. Each brochure also provides suggestions for parents/guardians to support their students’ learning and a list of additional resources. The brochures were developed on behalf of the Consortium for the Implementation of the Common Core under the leadership of the Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division of the CDE and the Sacramento County Office of Education. For the best visual presentation, the brochures are designed to be printed two-sided (flipped on the short edge), and then folded into thirds. The brochures, which can be downloaded from the Sacramento County Office of Education Web site, are organized by grade span and provide insights into what students will be learning:




Students and Teachers

These resources have been compiled for students and teachers interested in learning more about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

Take the Smarter Balanced Practice Test(s): The Smarter Balanced Practice Tests have been updated and are now available for grades three through eight and grade eleven in English-language arts and mathematics. The Practice Tests provide a preview of the Smarter Balanced assessments but do not reflect the full range of content that students may encounter on the actual assessments during the field test in April-May. No score reports are generated from the Practice Tests. An individual user account is not required to take the Practice Tests. Use the GUEST login and session when prompted.

Smarter Balanced Assessment System: Latest information about new generation of English-language arts and mathematics assessments.

CCSS Instructional Shifts for ELA and Math

Los Angeles County Office of Education Common Core  

Common Core State Standards Library

Achieve the Core: This website is full of free content designed to help educators understand and implement the Common Core State Standards. It includes practical tools designed to help students and teachers see their hard work deliver results. was created in the spirit of collaboration.

Partnership for 21st Century Skills: This toolkit is designed for teachers and district leaders who are interested in implementing the Common Core standards in ways that strengthen the 4Cs.

Hunt Institute Common Core Video Series

“What’s Cooking With the Common Core in California?” Video: The FrameWorks Institute, in collaboration with the Californians, Dedicated to Education Foundation, presents this video introduction to the CCSS in California.

Curriculum Standards