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Why the Common Core State Standards in California?

This brief video explains what the transition to the CCSS means for California. This video was developed by the Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation in collaboration with the California Department of Education, the State Board of Education, California County Superintendents Educational Services Association, California State PTA®, California School Boards Association, California Teachers Association, California Federation of Teachers AFT/AFL-CIO, Association of California School Administrators, and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson talks about California's transition to assessments based on the CCSS.

Council of Great City Schools Video

Provided by the Council of Great City Schools, this three-minute video explains how the CCSS will help students achieve at high levels and help them learn what they need to know to get to graduation and beyond.

Institutions of Higher Education Voice Their Support

Letter from UC, CSU, CCC, and AICCU Leaders
In this letter to the State Board of Education, leaders of the University of California system, the California State University system, the California Community Colleges, and the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities outline their endorsement of the CCSS and their support for continuous collaboration between K–12 and higher education.

Higher Education for Higher Standards 

Higher Education for Higher Standards is a growing coalition of college and university leaders who believe college- and career-ready standards, including the CCSS, are critical to improving student success.

“Use the Common Core. Use it Widely. Use it Well.” 
In this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 10, 2014, co-authored by Timothy P. White, Chancellor of the California State University system, White and other chancellors explain their support for the CCSS.

California Nonprofits, Children Advocates, and Business Voice Their Support

Preparing Students to be College and Career Ready (PDF) 
In this document, three hundred California educational organizations, nonprofit organizations, children advocate organizations, and business advocates voice their support for the CCSS in California.


Communications Resources

“Explaining the Common Core to Californians: A Communications Toolkit”  
This toolkit is a collection of research, recommendations, and sample communications designed to help educators increase the public understanding of the kinds of instruction, testing, and support needed to fulfill the potential of the CCSS.

CDE Communications Toolkit (DOC; 2MB)
The CCSS Systems Implementation Communications Toolkit for California is designed to help local educational agencies with the important task of informing and engaging school communities about what the CCSS will mean for them.