Common Core Standards California
Background: California Common Core Standards
1. How Were the California Common Core Standards Developed?
In anticipation of the release of the Common Core State Standards, the Governor signed Senate Bill (SB) X5 1 in January 2010. The law required that 21 representatives be appointed to the Academic Content Standards Commission (ACSC) to develop academic content standards in language arts and mathematics. Eighty-five percent of the standards recommended by the ACSC were required to be from the CCSS, and fifteen percent could be added by California to ensure the rigor of the standards.
The ACSC met for six days in June and July 2010 to develop the California Common Core Standards for English language arts and mathematics. The State Board of Education adopted the California Common Core Standards on August 2, 2010.
2. Where Can I Find the Adopted California Common Core Standards?
The California Common Core Standards are available on the Sacramento County Office of Education’s website at http://www.scoe.net/castandards/index.html.
3. Are the New California Common Core Standards as Rigorous as California’s Existing Standards?
Yes. The ACSC was able to add up to 15% to the CCSS for each subject. Consequently, they added information to address any perceived gaps and to ensure that the rigor of California’s existing standards would be maintained. To see California’s additions to the CCSS, visit the SCOE website at http://www.scoe.net/castandards/index.html and select “ELA Common Core State Standards adopted by SBE on 8/2/10” or ”Math Common Core State Standards adopted by SBE on 8/2/10.” The additions are indicated in bold and underlined font.
4. When Will Schools and Districts be Expected to Implement the California Common Core Standards?
All schools and districts should continue teaching the existing standards until the new California Common Core Standards system can be phased in. After the State Board of Education adopted the California Common Core Standards on August 2, 2010, the California Department of Education and the State Board of Education began developing a timeline and plan for implementing the Standards. Superintendent of Public Instruction, Jack O’Connell, stated that it would take two to four years to implement the standards. He added, “The implementation plan will address curriculum frameworks, instructional materials, assessments, and accountability measures.” Now is a good time for schools and districts to begin to familiarize themselves with the California Common Core Standards.
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