Common Core State Standards

What Parents Should Know

Students in the 21st century are preparing to enter a world with technology and industries unlike any generations before. To ensure all students are ready for success after high school, the Common Core State Standards establish clear, consistent guidelines for what every student should know and be able to do in Math and English Language Arts from Kindergarten through 12th grade.

The standards were drafted by experts and educators from across the country and are designed to ensure that students are prepared for today’s entry-level careers, freshman-level college courses, and workforce training programs. The Common Core focuses on developing the critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills students will need to be successful. The new standards also provide a way for teachers to measure student progress throughout the school year and ensure that students are on the pathway to success in their academic careers.

On August 2, 2010 the California State Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt the Common Core State Standards. Since 2010, 45 states have adopted the same standards as well. Some elements of the Common Core State Standards are similar to California’s previous standards, but many elements and structures are different. It will take several years to implement the new standards. As a school district, CUSD is committed to changing our learning structures and content to align with Common Core. You will see changes in your students’ daily learning activities and the way their understanding is assessed. For example, we will no longer administer the STAR test as in previous years. Beginning in 2015, students in grades 3-8 and 11 will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment. We are excited to continue to learn and grow as an educational community as we embrace these new standards.