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August 18, 2014
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State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces New Toolkit to Help Educators Explain Common Core
SACRAMENTO—Educators and school districts now have a new free toolkit to help them spread the word about how the Common Core State Standards are remodeling California’s education system to better prepare students for college and careers, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today.
“As students and teachers head back to school they will be experiencing exciting changes in California education, including a new way of teaching and learning through the Common Core,” Torlakson said. “Now educators have additional help in dispelling the mystery and concerns of families about this transition with a new communications toolkit created with the help of several major education groups in the state.”
“Explaining Common Core to Californians: A Communications Toolkit” is an online resource created with the help of the California Department of Education, State Board of Education, Californians Dedicated to 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, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, and the nonprofit FrameWorks.
The resource is a collection of research, recommendations, and sample communications designed to help educators increase their own and the public’s understanding of the kinds of instruction, testing, and support needed to fulfill the potential of the Common Core. For example, educators can download printable message cards that provide metaphors to help them explain Common Core, talking points to help them describe what Common Core does, frequently asked questions on challenging topics, tips on how to use social media, sample letters to parents, and a Common Core video.
Californians Dedicated to Education also will hold a series of Webinars to provide an overview of the Communications Toolkit and practical tips on how to use it with a special focus on back-to-school messaging. Click on the links below to register for the free Webinars. Advanced registration is required. For more information, contact Caitlin Lawrence-Toombs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-528-1558:
August 27, 11:00 a.m.: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/747319345
August 28, 11:00 a.m.: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/192408337
The State Board of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards for English language arts and mathematics in 2010. Standards define the knowledge, concepts, and skills students should acquire at each grade level. The new standards provide a practical way to prepare students for the challenges of a constantly changing world by helping them learn step-by-step the real world skills they need for college and careers. The Common Core provides all students, no matter where they live or where they were born, a world-class education that’s consistent from school to school so they will graduate ready to contribute to the state and nation. It also replaces the state’s outdated ways of learning with a clear focus on the key knowledge and skills students need while providing teachers the time to teach the standards well.
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Parent Guide to Common Core Standards (adopted from Napa County Office of Education)
Over the next several years, you will notice some changes to instruction and testing in your school that will directly impact your child. It is essential that you know about these changes and what resources are available to help you support your child.
California is one of 46 states that has adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). These Common Core Standards are a set of learning expectations for our students that will prepare them for success in college and a future career. Common Core State Standards were developed by teachers, parents, school administrators, and education experts out of a partnership between the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association. They are not an initiative of the federal government.
These newly adopted standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn in K-12 math and language arts. While there are many similarities between the existing California standards and the CCSS, you might notice changes in what content is emphasized and the grade in which the content is taught.
We have provided parent resources to help you understand the upcoming changes in your child’s education.
Parents are critical to the success of our students through CCSS!
- Common Core at a Glance
- Understanding the CCSS Q & A – Association of California School Administrators
- Video: “A New Foundation for Student Success” – The Hunt Institute
- What can parents do to help with the Common Core – California Department of Education
- English (external site, pdf)
- Español (external site, pdf)
- CCSS Overview for the Community from Clovis Unified School District
CCSS Information In-Depth
- Common Core State Standards Initiative – the Official CCSS Site
- Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (the new CCSS testing)
- California Department of Education Resources for Students, Parents and Guardians
- Parent’s Guide to the CCSS from the California PTA
- California County Superintendents Educational Services Association – Common Core Parent Handbook for Grades K-8 (doc)
New Standards for Science (Complementary to the CCSS)
CCSSI Video – Spanish Subtitles
Smarter Balance Assessments
Additional California Department of Education Resources
- Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Web Page: http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/cc/
- CCSS Systems Implementation – Significant Milestones Timeline: http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/cc/tl/index.asp
- SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium Web Page: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/smarterbalanced.asp
- English Language Development Standards: http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/el/er/eldstandards.asp
- Career Technical Education Model Curriculum (CTE) Standards: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/ct/sf/ctemcstandards.asp
- CCSS Resources for Special Education Web Page: http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/cc/
- State Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Recommendations for Transitioning California to a Future Assessment System: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/ab250.asp
- Supplemental Instructional Materials Review: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/cr/cf/suptsupmatreview.asp
- A Look at Kindergarten Through Grade Six, and Grades Seven and Eight, in California Public Schools:http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/cr/cf/grlevelcurriculum.asp
- CCSS on Brokers of Expertise: http://commoncore.myboe.or
Quick and helpful Parent Resources:
A Common Core FAQ created by teachers, for teachers that includes key information about the background of the Standards, what the changes mean for students and resources where parents can learn more.
Parent Roadmaps from Council of Great City Schools (available in both English and Spanish) provide guidance to parents about what the Standards call for students to be able to do in grades K-8 in math and ELA by the end of each grade level. The roadmaps also offer tips for parents on how to help their children at home and how to talk to their children’s teachers about the Standards.
As always, the Shifts at a Glance help explain the biggest instructional changes in ELA and math.