California State Standards  (en español)

The California State Standards grew out from the Common Core State Standards Initiative, a national initiative led by states to establish a single set of clear educational standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English Language Arts and Mathematics that states voluntarily adopt.

What are content standards?

Content standards help define what educators will teach students in each grade level and subject area. They are a road map for educators and parents to ensure that what students learn is consistent across schools and school districts.
Content standards are the “what” students will learn. School districts, schools and teachers must then work together to determine “how” this information is delivered to students. One of the roles of the MVWSD Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Department is to facilitate this process and ensure that students have access to quality standards-based instruction.

History of California’s Content Standards

California implemented statewide educational standards in the late 1990s, and has annually assessed students on how well they have learned these standards since 2001. In 2010, California adopted a new set of standards, the Common Core State Standards for English language arts/literacy and mathematics. History/social science, science, health, art, visual and performing arts, world language and physical education standards continue to be those developed specifically by California.

What are the “Common Core State Standards”?

The Common Core State Standards are a set of common educational standards in English language arts and math that have been adopted by almost all of the states in the nation. Having the same standards helps to ensure all students receive a quality education, even if they change schools or move to a different state.
The effort to create a set of common standards was led by educators and state leaders who wanted to promote consistency among the nation’s public schools. Teachers, parents, school administrators, state departments of education, assessment developers, scholars, students, and community members provided input into the development of the CCSS.
The standards were written using a combination of the best and highest state standards already in existence throughout the country, research around effective instruction, and are internationally benchmarked, and aligned with college and work expectations. To learn more about the CCSS, visit http://www.corestandards.org/

What do the new standards mean for my child?

We have always aligned curriculum, instruction and assessment to the content standards. The new standards expect students to have deeper understanding of concepts and be able to use knowledge and skills to solve real world problems and explain their thinking both orally and in writing. These are critical skills for success in college and career.
A behind-the-wheel driver’s test requires an individual to demonstrate that he or she has moved beyond simply memorizing the rules of the road to being able to apply knowledge to real-life experiences. In the same way, the new standards will require students to demonstrate that they can independently apply multiple knowledge areas to solve complex problems.
Great teachers are, and have always been, at the heart of great education, and new standards don’t change that fact, but they will be used by educators in MVWSD to improve the way we help every child achieve success.

How will my child be assessed on the new standards?

Assessments are not new for California, however taking assessments online will be. Our schools are preparing to transition to a computerized testing model developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). These new assessments will begin in the spring of 2015. If you are interested in seeing what such assessments will look like please visit: The Smarter Balanced Sample Items.

Where can I go to find more information?

To learn more about California’s new content standards, please visit http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/cc/tl/whatareccss.asp

Common Core in MVWSD

The 2014-15 school year marks the first year of full implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in California.  In an effort to keep parents and community updated about happenings both in our District and in the state, Educational Services will be providing short bi-monthly updates in school newsletters.  The updates will provide information and answer questions about the CCSS.  Additionally, the District will be conducting a series of parent education opportunities throughout the school year to support families in understanding the CCSS. We held our first parent training on the CCSS on September 30th.  The next session will be in November and will focus on the Smarter Balanced assessments.  All sessions will be offered in English and Spanish. More information will be sent regarding the time and location of the sessions.  

 

 

http://www.mvwsd.org/common-core-overview