Common Core

Welcome to PUSD’s Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Webpage

The Common Core State Standards describe the knowledge and skills in English Language Arts and Mathematics that students will need when they graduate, whatever their choice of college or career. These sets of standards define the knowledge and skills students should have to succeed in entry level, credit-bearing, academic college courses and in workforce training programs. The standards are based on the best national and international standards, giving students a competitive advantage in the global economy. This state-led effort is coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).  California, along with 48 other states, has adopted the Common Core Standards. The California Department of Education, along with school districts across the state, is in the process of rolling out the standards to educators and policy-makers.

Where can I see the standards?

You can find the standards and all related official documents on the official CCSS website. For a direct link to the standards, see below:

An Overview of the Common Core ELA/Math – Common Core FAQ

Common Core Infographic – What Everyone Needs to Know About the Common Core Standards

To learn more about the Common Core State Standards, the Piedmont Unified School District is hosting educational workshops for parents throughout the 2014-15 school year.  Parent Education Nights will provide opportunities for parents and community members to learn more about the CCSS, as well as the new assessment systems.

General Resources for Families

California Department of Education (CDE) – Common Core State Standards – CA Dept of Education CCSS

The Common Core State Standards – Parents and Guardians – ccssandparents

Handbook for Parents (K-8) – CCSSParentHandbook_2011

Common Core – Math

Last year, the PUSD Board of Education approved a plan for the multi-year implementation of Common Core (CC) Math, starting with new middle school math courses in 2014/15.  PMS is now offering three new courses: CC 6, CC7 and CC8.  Students who were enrolled in Intro to Algebra through Calculus AB during the 2013/14 school year are continuing in the 1997 California Math Standards pathways, and are not affected by the implementation of Common Core Math.  (Please refer to the District’s Common Core Math FAQ for more background information)

Later this school year, the Board will adopt the next phase of Common Core math implementation.  To inform decisions around this next phase, the Board created a Math Task Force (MTF) consisting of math teachers, parents, students, and administrators.  The MTF is charged with considering and recommending options for math courses and math pathways in middle and high school.  The MTF published a November Progress Report highlighting their efforts.

Additionally, PUSD has developed a timeline for future parent engagement opportunities on Common Core Math.

Common Core – English Language Arts

  • Highlights of the English Language Arts Standards – CCSS – ELA Highlights
  • English Language Arts – Anchor Strands:  Reading (Foundational); Reading (Informational); Reading (Literature); Writing; Language; Speaking & Listening – K-12 Anchor Standards
  • Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects – Anchor Strands:  Reading; Writing – K-12 Anchor Standards

 

Common Core Venn Diagram

  • Relationships and Convergences Found in the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (practices), Common Core State Standards in ELA/Literacy*(student portraits), and A Framework for K-12 Science Education (science & engineering practices).

Smarter Balanced Assessment

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is one of two multistate consortia awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Education to develop an assessment system based on the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS). To achieve the goal that all students leave high school ready for college and career, Smarter Balanced is committed to ensuring that assessment and instruction embody the CCSS and that all students, regardless of disability, language or subgroup status, have the opportunity to learn this valued content and to show what they know and can do.

To learn more about the Smarter Balanced Assessment, visit the following links:

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium – Website

SBAC Sample Questions & Performance Tasks – FAQ

SBAC Sample Questions – ELA/Literacy

SBAC Sample Questions – Mathematics

SBAC – Practice Test – for teachers/students/community members

Smarter Balanced Assessment Summary for Parents – SBACSummary2010

Smarter Balanced Assessment Fact Sheet – Smarter-Balanced-Parents-Factsheet

 Assembly Bill 484

Signed into law on October 2, 2013, AB 484 (Bonilla) External link opens in new window or tab. establishes the California Measurement of Academic Performance and Progress (CalMAPP) assessment system. The CalMAPP system replaces the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program. The primary purpose of the CalMAPP system is to assist teachers, administrators, and pupils and their parents by promoting high-quality teaching and learning through the use of a variety of assessment approaches and item types.

California Department of Education – Assembly Bill 484 – Q&A and Additional Resources

 Common Core State Standards Resources

Grades TK-5

This first link is a general introductory overview of the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  The video is three minutes long.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IGD9oLofks

The video below is an overview of the math standards and how they were developed.  The video is eight minutes long.  It was done by the Hunt Institute.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnjbwJdcPjE&list=UUF0pa3nE3aZAfBMT8pqM5PA&index=5&feature=plcp

The video is an overview of the English/language arts standards and how they were developed.  The video is seven minutes long and was done by the Hunt Institute.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDzTOyxRGLI&list=UUF0pa3nE3aZAfBMT8pqM5PA&index=6&feature=plcp

The video below from the Teaching Channel is a 14 minute overview of the ELA and literacy standards for grades K-12.

https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos/common-core-standards-ela?fd=1

The video below discusses literacy in other subject areas like science, history/social studies and technical areas.  This video is four minutes long.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zHWMfg_8r0&list=UUF0pa3nE3aZAfBMT8pqM5PA&index=11&feature=plcp

The link below will take you to all of the Hunt Institute videos for CCSS.

http://www.ccsso.org/Resources/Digital_Resources/Common_Core_Implementation_Video_Series.html

The link below will take you to all of the Teaching Channel videos for CCSS.

https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos?page=1&categories=topics_common-core&q=common%20core

The link below will take you to the California Department of Education resource page for CCSS.  The actual standards can be found on this page.  The first two links provide the Literacy and math standards by grade level.

http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/cc/

The link below will take you to the Sacramento County Office of Education website which has, in addition to the common core standards, the “Crosswalk” documents which line up the old standards with the new ones and show similarities and differences.

http://www.scoe.net/castandards/index.html

Common Core State Standards Resources

Grades 6-12 |  Grades TK-5

This first link is a general introductory overview of the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  The video is three minutes long.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IGD9oLofks

The video below is an overview of the math standards and how they were developed.  The video is eight minutes long.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnjbwJdcPjE&list=UUF0pa3nE3aZAfBMT8pqM5PA&index=5&feature=plcp

The video is an overview of the English/language arts standards and how they were developed.  The video is seven minutes long.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDzTOyxRGLI&list=UUF0pa3nE3aZAfBMT8pqM5PA&index=6&feature=plcp

OR, below is a link to a different video on ELA and literacy. It is 14 minutes long.  It was done by the Teaching Channel.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmLElb7yHDU

The video below discusses literacy in other subject areas like science, history/social studies and technical areas.  This video is four minutes long.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zHWMfg_8r0&list=UUF0pa3nE3aZAfBMT8pqM5PA&index=11&feature=plcp

The video below explains about the CCSS for middle school.  It is 14 minutes long.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SC4OG11zOC8

The link below will take you to all of the Hunt Institute videos for CCSS.

http://www.ccsso.org/Resources/Digital_Resources/Common_Core_Implementation_Video_Series.html

The link below will take you to all of the Teaching Channel videos for CCSS.

https://www.teachingchannel.org/videos?page=1&categories=topics_common-core&q=common%20core

The link below will take you to the California Department of Education resource page for CCSS.  The actual standardscan be found on this page.  The first two links provide the Literacy and math standards by grade level.

http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/cc/

The link below will take you to the Sacramento County Office of Education website which has, in addition to the common core standards, the “Crosswalk” documents which line up the old standards with the new ones and show similarities and differences.

http://www.scoe.net/castandards/index.html

 

Common Core State Standards Resources

English Language Learners

10 Things Parents Should Know About the Common Core Standards

http://www.colorincolorado.org/common-core/parents/faq/

 

CCSS Articles

Math Common Core Articles

Integrated Approach vs, Traditional Approach

Common Core Mathematics Options:  Assessing Traditional & Integrated Curricular Possibilities, A Report for the PUSD Mathematics Task Force, Cheryl Holzmeyer, Ph.D.

Curriculum and Implementation Effects on High School Students’ Mathematics Learning From Curricula Representing Subject-Specific and Integrated Content Organizations – 2013

Districts Split on High School Math Choices, 2014

Responding to Calls for Change in High School Mathematics: Implications for Collegiate Mathematics – 2003

Interactions among Instructional Practices, Curriculum, and Student Achievement: The Case of Standards-Based High School Mathematics – 2001

High School Mathematics Pathways: Helping Schools and Districts Make an Informed Decision about High School Mathematics

Inquiry Based Mathematics Instruction Versus Traditional Mathematics Instruction: The Effect on Student Understanding and Comprehension in an Eighth Grade Pre-Algebra Classroom

Mathematics Education in Singapore: How can Mathematics Education in Singapore inform Mathematics Education in US

Teachers’ Conceptions of Integrated Mathematics Curricula

Math Reform

Improving Students’ College Math Readiness: Postsecondary Interventions and Reforms

Effective Programs in Middle and High School Mathematics: A Best-Evidence Synthesis

Benefits of Acceleration for Gifted Students

A 10-Year Longitudinal Follow-up of Participants in a Fast-Paced Mathematics Course – 1994

 

General Common Core Articles

The Common Core Ate My Baby and Other Urban Legends

by Timothy Shanahan

Educational Leadership – December 2012/January 2013 | Volume 70 | Number 4
Common Core: Now What? Pages 10-16

With Common Core, Fewer Topics but Covered More Rigorously

by Kenneth Chang

The New York Times – September 2, 2013

Making the Shifts

by Sandra Alberti

December 2012/January 2013 | Volume 70 | Number 4
Common Core: Now What? Pages 24-27

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