The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) provide a practical way to prepare children for the challenges of a constantly changing world – by learning step-by-step the real-world skills they need for career and college.

    Despite the state’s budget problems, California must move forward now so that all children – no matter where they come from or where they live – receive a world-class education that’s consistent from school to school, and graduate ready to contribute to the future of our state and our country.


    California is putting these standards to work, using them as the foundation for remodeling our education system. The standards keep the best of what we have, but replace outdated ways of learning with a clear focus on the key knowledge and skills students need, and provide teachers the time to teach them well.


    Like an orchestra learning a challenging new symphony, bringing these standards to life in our schools will take time and energy, and the costs must be managed over time. These standards provide every part of our education system the same sheet music – with the clear goals of career and college readiness for all. And we all have a part to play.

    Preparing Students for Career and College

    Goal – all students graduating from our public school system as life- long learners will have the skills and knowledge necessary to assume their positions in the 21st century global economy.

    §  The new standards are designed to be relevant in the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills students need for success in both higher education and career.

    §  Our communities will be stronger if students graduate with the skills and knowledge needed in today’s job market.


    Will There Be New Tests for the New Standards?

    Yes, California is a governing member of the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium(SBAC). The consortium is developing new tests that will measure student progress toward career and college readiness. You may learn more about the new tests and California’s participation in the SBAC at


    California’sCCSS Implementation Plan

    TheCommon Core State Standards Systems Implementation Plan for California is a living document approved by the State Board of Education in March 2012. The plan, available at http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/cc/, identifies the major phases and activities involved in implementing the CCSS and serves as the blueprint for remodeling the education system to support student success in career and college.

    Transitioning to the CCSS: A CNUSD Parent Information Power Point
    Click the above link to view a PowerPoint presentation designed for parents by the Corona-Norco Unified School District. This PowerPoint was presented to parents at three information nights in Summer/Fall of 2013.

    Resources for Parents and Guardians

    The following Web resources provide the most current information from the California Department of Education (CDE) Web Site and are continuously updated.The first reference is the main CDE CCSS Web Page which includes the Common Core State Standards Systems Implementation Plan for California, the Significant Milestones Timeline, and a “Learn More” section that provides additional links to audience specific information. 

    California Department of Education CCSS Web Page: http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/cc/ (select “Students/Parents” tab)


    SMARTER BalancedAssessment Consortium Information:



    K-8 California'sCommon Core Standards Parent Handbook:

    This handbook, created by the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) in consultation with the California State PTA, gives parents an introduction to California's CCSS and a summary of what students are expected to learn as they advance from kindergarten through grade eight.

    The information above is directly from the California Department of Education's document: www.cde.ca.gov/re/cc/documents/ccssandparents.doc


    The California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP) are intended to provide a common language and a vision of the scope and complexity of the profession by which all teachers can define and develop their practice. The standards seek to serve and support professional educators in fulfilling their professional roles and responsibilities from pre-service teacher to experienced practitioner. The standards are not set forth as regulations to control the specific actions of teachers, but rather to guide teachers as they develop, refine, and extend their practice. The CSTP have been used for a variety of purposes, including the following:
    • to prompt reflection about student learning and teaching practice;
    • to formulate professional goals to improve teaching practice in support of student learning;and
    • to guide, monitor, and assess the progress of a teacher’s practice toward professional goals.