Common Core State Standard Resources

In 2010, more than 40 states adopted the same standards for English and math. These standards are called the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and are comprised of high-quality academic standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy (ELA). These learning are vertically aligned (each subject's content is taught as a progression of knowledge and skills). They are generally more rigorous than California's current standards and focus on helping students learn to apply knowledge in the real world as a way to support their learning. The standards were created to ensure that all students graduate from high school with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college, career, and life, regardless of where they live. As of August 2014, 44 states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity have voluntarily adopted and are moving forward with the Common Core.

New Resource: CCSS Implementation Survey Now Ongoing and Available for Public Review

Local educational agencies (LEAs) have been invited to participate in a voluntary, ongoing survey of local implementation activities. Each LEA are invited to participate with a unique Web address linked to its own survey and is free to update its responses at any time. You may review the implementation survey questions on the CDE CCSS Implementation Survey Web page or search for and view participating district or direct-funded charter school survey responses on the CCSS Implementation Survey Search Web page.

Explaining Common Core to Californians - A Communications Toolkit

A collection of sample communications, recommendations, and other resources to help California's education sector, increase public understanding of the Common Core (sponsored by the Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation).

Program Sponsor Alert: Updates on Implementation of Common Core State Standards

Single Subject Matter Preparation Programs

Teacher candidates in California are required to demonstrate competence in the subject matter they will be authorized to teach. Candidates for the Single Subject Credential have two options available for satisfying this requirement. They can either complete a Commission-approved undergraduate subject matter preparation program or they can pass the appropriate Commission-adopted subject matter examination(s) (Education Code Sections 44280 and 44310). Because they satisfy the same requirement, these two options are to be as aligned and congruent as possible.

Following adoption of new content standards by the State Board of Education, the Commission convenes subject matter expert panels to review the subject matter requirements (SMRs) that identify the critical knowledge and skills for new teachers in that subject matter area. Following the State Board of Education's adoption of the CCSS in English/Literacy and mathematics, the expert panels revised the SMRs for their respective programs. To ensure that all approved English and mathematics SMPPs were preparing students (prospective teachers) to be able to teach the Common Core, alignment matrices containing each set of SMRs were developed and posted. Approved programs were required to submit a new alignment matrix that described which classes, assignments, or assessments were used to teach each SMR- sub-domain to students. The matrices were peer-reviewed and, if adequate, the programs were approved to continue operating.

* The Commission does not have authority over subject matter for Multiple Subjects programs. However, some programs in California that prepare prospective multiple subject teachers for the CSET: Multiple Subjects exam are changing their programs to align with the Common Core State Standards.

English Language Arts

2014 Revision of the English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework
Assembly Bill 250 (Chapter 608, Statutes of 2011) calls for the revision of the English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework to align with the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and incorporate new English Language Development Standards.

The 2014 ELA/ELD Framework has been developed to support and incorporate the California Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects (CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy) and the California English Language Development Standards (CA ELD Standards). The California State Board of Education adopted the ELA/ELD Framework on July 9, 2014. This version of the ELA/ELD Framework will remain posted while it is edited for publication.

California English Language Development Standards Implementation Plan
Following the adoption of the California English Language Development Standards (CA ELD Standards), California Education Code Section 60811.3 (e) required that the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) and the State Board of Education (SBE) present to the Governor, and the appropriate policy and fiscal committees of the Legislature, a schedule and implementation plan for integrating the new CA ELD Standards into the public education system.

The California English Language Development Standards (CA ELD Standards) Implementation Plan identifies major phases and activities in the implementation of the CA ELD Standards throughout California's educational system. The plan describes the philosophy of and strategies for the successful integration of the CA ELD Standards that align to the California Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects (CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy) to address English language and literacy skills English learners need in key content areas. The goal of the CA ELD Standards Implementation Plan is to serve as a guide of the major steps in the development, adoption, and implementation of the CA ELD Standards for local educational agencies and county offices of education.

A collection of resources to support implementation of the CCSS: Common Core Search

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Next Generation Science Standards Resources

The California State Board of Education (SBE) adopted the Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools, Kindergarten through Grade Twelve (CA NGSS) in 2013 as required by California Education Code 60605.85. The California Department of Education (CDE), K-12 Alliance/WestEd, California Science Project, California Science Teachers Association, and Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee are presenting NGSS State Rollout Symposiums dates. Join science leaders at one of the statewide professional learning symposia to explore the philosophy, design, and initial implementation of the NGSS.

Next Generation Science Standards: This is the official website for national information on the Next Generation Science Standards. Forty-one members of a core writing team worked with 26 Lead State Partners in the development of the new science standards. The draft standards were available for public comment in May 2012 and January 2013.

Single Subject Teaching Credentials in Specialized Science and Alignment with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in California

Commissioners took action to streamline the science content area authorization structure for California at the August meeting. There are currently nine different science content area authorizations available on the Single Subject teaching credential. The Commission took action to eliminate the option of earning the four specialized science content areas in order to align preparation and authorization for future science teachers with NGSS. The last administration of the CSET: Specialized Science examination is set for July 2015 with the option to apply for these content areas ending as of July 2020. The Foundational-Level General Science content area and the full discipline specific content area authorizations in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geosciences and Physics will continue as available options. This agenda item also provides an overview of the next steps of aligning our subject matter requirements and preparation program standards with the NGSS.

National Research Council (NRC) National Science Framework (2012): A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas

NGSS: Science for the Future: A presentation by Kathy DiRanna of the K-12 Alliance West/Ed

California Department of Education Next Generation Science Standards - Frequently Asked Questions

Updated September 28, 2017