Why Common Core Standards?
educators have joined a national movement to adopt common standards and
assessments for English language arts and mathematics. Currently, standards for what students should
know and be able to do vary among states, as does the difficulty of the
assessments used to determine whether students are meeting those
standards. Common standards allow for
collaboration among states on best practices and professional development.
learning goals provide a clear vision of what educators and parents in all
states should aim for. These learning
goals help ensure that students meet college and work expectations, are
prepared to succeed in a global economy and society, and are provided with
rigorous content and application of higher knowledge thinking. Benchmarked against international standards,
the Common Core Standards assist students in their preparation to complete the
requirements for enrollment at a California public university.
California's Adoption of Common Core
in California in August 2010, the K-12 Common Core State Standards were
developed through a state-led effort to establish consistent and clear
education standards for English language arts and mathematics. The initiative
was launched by and supported by the Council of Chief State School Officers and
the National Governors Association. In
the Common Core Standard adoption process, California added supporting
standards to complete the unique picture necessary for California
The Common Core also added strength to the existing California standards
by including additional standards for vocabulary and new standards for collaborative
discussions. Literacy standards that
focus on reading and writing instruction during history/social studies,
science, and technology also were included.
In mathematics, standards were added to demonstrate a stronger emphasis
on number sense and algebraic thinking.
Implementation of the Common Core in California's schools will occur in
stages over the next few years.