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The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were developed through a state-led initiative to establish consistent and clear education standards for English language arts and mathematics that would better prepare students for success in college, career, and the competitive global economy.

Next Generation Assessments

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) is a state-led consortium working to develop next-generation assessments that accurately measure student progress toward college- and ...more

Common Core State Standards


Since 2010, 45 states have adopted the same standards for English and math. These standards are called the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Having the same standards helps all students get a good education, even if they change schools or move to a different state. Teachers, parents, and education experts designed the standards to prepare students for success in college and the workplace.


Building on the excellent foundation of standards states have laid, the Common Core State Standards are the first step in providing our young people with a high-quality education. It should be clear to every student, parent, and teacher what the standards of success are in every school.

Teachers, parents and community leaders have all weighed in to help create the Common Core State Standards. The standards clearly communicate what is expected of students at each grade level. This will allow our teachers to be better equipped to know exactly what they need to help students learn and establish individualized benchmarks for them. The Common Core State Standards focus on core conceptual understandings and procedures well-and to give students the opportunity to master them.

With students, parents and teachers all on the same page and working together for shared goals, we can ensure that students make progress each year  and graduate from school prepared to success in college and in a modern workforce.



Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) Webinar

Now available for viewing... a webinar of a March 9 presentation by Gage Kingsbury, VP of the International Association for Computerized Adaptive Testing and Research Fellow at the Northwest ...more

SBAC Releases ELA and Math Test Item Specifications Showcase 3

The Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium recently released its response to some of questions and concerns raised during the review of Showcase 1 and Showcase 2 materials. These documents contains ...more

Are Ready for Common Core Math?

The new Common Core State Standards assessments in K12 mathematics are due to be in place at the beginning of 2014-2015 school year. District administrators and teachers across the country are now ...more

The latest on Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

A presentation by Christyan Mitchell, Ph.D. (Vice Provost for Enrollment and Dean of Admissions, Vanderbilt University and SMARTER Balanced Consortium Project Management Partner) given during the ...more

Common Core Assessments and Computers

Two groups of states working to design tests that students will take under the Common Core State Standards favor using computers to assess students' understanding. Preliminary plans call for an ...more


Education Week

What is PARCC?

PARCC stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers and it is one of the two state consortia developing assessments for the Common Core State Standards. Recently, the ...more

Search the Common Core

Search the "Common Core State Standards". A link has been added to a database developed by the Sacramento County Office of Education to search the CCSS by subject, grade, and subject category ...more

Common Assessments: What You Need to Know (Webinar)

Using $360 million in Race to the Top money, two large groups of states are designing assessment systems for the common standards that have been adopted by 44 states and the District of Columbia. The ...more

Next Steps on the Common Core

Dr. Douglas Reeves and Cathy Lassiter discuss: 5 things principals need to do now to prepare for the Common Core; Most important changes in literacy; Most important changes in math; Bringing Common Core to subjects beyond math and English language arts and other challenges to anticipate.  The presentation is made available free of charge through The Leadership Learning and requires registration.


Grade Level Curriculum Webinar Series: Archive

This archived Webinar series is designed by the California Department of Education to provide an overview of the Grade Level Curriculum document (which has now been expanded to include Grade 6) with a focus on Common Core State Standards. Each Grade Level Webinar in the series highlight the curriculum across the featured grade level with special focus on the recently adopted Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics.