Common Core State Standards


The Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) coordinated the state-led Common Core State Standards (CCSS) initiative. California was one of 46 states that participated in this effort. Because the standards were developed by states in collaboration with one another, they provide common expectations for what students are expected to learn. The final set of CCSS was released in June 2010.

The CCSS address the content areas of English language arts (ELA) and mathematics and the ELA standards include literacy standards for history/social studies, science and technical subjects. These kindergarten through 12th grade standards provide a progression of knowledge and skills that prepare students to graduate from high school and be ready for college and careers. The standards are research-based and internationally benchmarked.

The Elk Grove Unified School District chose to phase in its implementation of CCSS over a two-year period in order to give ample time for the transition and began in 2012-2013 at elementary schools with mathematics in grades K-2 and ELA in grades 3-6.  In 2013-2014, elementary schools will add ELA in grades K-2 and mathematics in grades 3-6. At the middle and high schools, in 2013-2014, the CCSS mathematics and ELA standards (including literacy standards for science and history/social sciences) will be taught at all grade levels.

Timeline

2014-2015 School Year

  • EGUSD implements new mathematics materials, aligned to CCSS, in grades 7 & 8.
  • EGUSD implements the Eight Standards for Mathematical Practice and the CCSS Content Standards in grades 7-12.
  • EGUSD continues to offer professional learning on the CCSS.
  • Full administrations of Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium state assessments begin

2013-2014 School Year

  • K-12 implementation of CCSS for English-Language Arts.
  • K-6 implementation of CCSS for Mathematics.
  • 7-12 implementation of Eight Standards for Mathematical Practice.
  • Field testing of curricular materials to support 7-8 Mathematics.
  • Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium conducts second year field testing for state assessments; related research and data collection begins.
  • EGUSD continues to offer professional learning on the CCSS.

2012-2013 School Year

  • K-2nd grade teachers implement CCSS for Math while 3rd-6th grade teacher implement for English-Language Arts.
  • Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium conducts field testing for state assessments; related research and data collection begins.
  • EGUSD continues to offer professional learning on the CCSS.

2011-2012 School Year

  • Teachers continue to teach the CA state content standards as the district moves towards adopting and implementing the CCSS.
  • EGUSD offers professional learning on the CCSS.
  • Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) begins CCSS state assessment development.

2010-2011 School Year

  • CA State Board of Education adopts the California Common Core State Standards.
  • EGUSD launches the CCSS web page.
  • Informal information dissemination to various stakeholders begins.

Visit the Common Core State Standards Website