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Common Core State Standards


On October 2, 2013, governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 484, legislation implementing a new assessment program for California. Questions and Answers (Q and As) about AB 484 are now available on the California Department of Education's Web site. Questions and answers regarding the Spring 2014 Smarter Balanced Field Test are also available.  

CDE will continue to keep you abreast of the latest developments in assessment.





Read K-8 California's Common Core Standards PARENT HANDBOOK

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The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English Language Arts, which includes literacy in history/social studies, science and technical subjects, and mathematics were adopted by the California Department of Education on August 2, 2010. This action included the adoption of the Common Core Standards and specific additional standards that the Academic Content Standards Commission deemed necessary to maintain the integrity and rigor of California’s previous academic standards. The second draft of The Next Generation Science Standards for K-12 were released in January 2013 and are being reviewed by the state and educators.  California was allowed to supplement the Common Core Standards (which will be used nationally) with up to 15% additional standards that are specific to California.


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  • Why do we need Common Core Standards?
  • According to the teachers, parents, and community leaders who weighed in to help create the Common Core Standards, the standards are designed to clearly ...more

  • What is the role of the federal government in developing the standards?
  • The Common Core Standards are part of state-led efforts to give all students the skills and knowledge they need to succeed. The ...more

  • What is the implementation timeline?
  • Based on current information, there is a three year implementation window for the Common Core Standards. We are in the third year of this window.
  • The new Common ...more

  • What will happen with the math and English Language Arts textbook adoptions?
  • It is unclear how the adoption of the Common Core Standards will impact the current textbook adoptions in math and English ...more

  • How will the adoption of Common Core Standards affect the CST/STAR State assessment?
  • The STAR/CST is projected to sunset in 2013.
  • New assessments are projected to be piloted during 2013-2014.
  • New ...more

  • What new focus areas are a part of the new Common Core Standards?
  • Unlike the current California standards which tend to be laundry list of broad items (a ‘mile wide and an inch deep’), the Common ...more

  • What about funding for this work?
  • Per information from the California Department of Education (November 2010), the Department estimates that the average cost of developing and publishing a curriculum ...more