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The Common Core State Standards and Parents and Guardians

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) provide a practical way to prepare children for the challenges of a constantly changing world – by learning step-by-step the real-world skills they need for career and college.

California is putting these standards to work, using them as the foundation for remodeling our education system. The standards keep the best of what we have, but replace outdated ways of learning with a clear focus on the key knowledge and skills students. 

The new standards are designed to be relevant in the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills students need for success in both higher education and career.

Will There Be New Tests for the New Standards?

Yes, there will be new tests.  California is a governing member of the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) developing new tests that will measure student progress toward career and college readiness. You may learn more about the new tests and California’s participation in the SBAC at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/smarterbalanced.asp.

What is MPUSD doing to Prepare for the Transition to Common Core?

MPUSD has done the following things to prepare for the Common Core:

  • Created a Common Core Chronicle on Educational Services website.
  • Developed a CCSS Implementation Plan for  2011-2015 school year.
  • Supported staff to transition from the current standards to the CCSS.
  • Reviewed with teachers the new Smarter Balance Assessments (SB).
  • Planned District wide collaboration to support the 8 mathematical practices.
  • Implemented performance tasks assessments in math and writing based on Common Core Standards.
  • Tested students using a computer-based assessment system (NWEA) to familiarize students with a computer-based assessment system.
  • Replaced  out dated math material K-2 with Common Core resources.
  • Adopted and allocated over 2 million dollars to support the implementation of CCSS.

Resources for Parents and Guardians

The following Web resources provide the most current information from the California Department of Education (CDE) Web Site and are continuously updated. The first reference is the main CDE CCSS Web Page which includes the Common Core State Standards Systems Implementation Plan for California, the Significant Milestones Timeline, and a “Learn More” section that provides additional links to audience specific information. 

California Department of Education CCSS Web Page: http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/cc/ (select “Students/Parents” tab)

SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium Information: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/smarterbalanced.asp

K-8 California's Common Core Standards Parent Handbook:
http://www.ccsesa.org/sysadmin/documents/CCSParentHandbook_020411.doc

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.