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The resources in this website will help you to learn about the common core state standards for Mathematics and the English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Career and Technical Subjects.
 
What Does CCSS mean for you?
 
Families
  • Your students will participate in a more rigorous instructional program that will better prepare them for success
  • As a parent/guardian, you will know what your student is expected to learn and in turn help support student learning
Students
  • Students will be better prepared to go onto college and the workforce.
  • Students will have a clear understanding of what they are expected to learn in ELA and Mathematics
Community
  • These common standards will help prepare students to be college prepared and workforce ready
  • With these standards students will receive a high quality education regardless of what school they go to or what state they live in 
The way we taught students in the past simply does not prepare them for the higher demands of college and careers today and in the future. Schools throughout the country are working to improve teaching and learning to ensure that all children will graduate high school with the skills they need to be successful.
   
In English language arts and literacy, this means three major changes.  Students will continue reading and writing. But in addition to stories and literature, they will read more texts that provide facts and background knowledge in areas including science and social studies.
They will read more challenging texts and be asked more questions that will require them to refer back to what they have read. There will also be an increased emphasis on building a strong vocabulary so that students can read and understand challenging material.
 
In mathematics, this means three major changes. Teachers will concentrate on teaching a more focused set of major math concepts and skills. This will allow students time to master key math concepts and skills in a more organized way throughout the year and from one grade to the next. It will also call for teachers to use rich and challenging math content and to engage students in solving real-world problems in order to inspire greater interest in mathematics.
 
La manera en que enseñábamos a los estudiantes en el pasado simplemente no los prepara para las exigencias mayores del colegio universitario y las profesiones de hoy día y del futuro. Las escuelas de todo el país está trabajando para mejorar la enseñanza y el aprendizaje para asegurar que todos los niños se gradúen de la escuela preparatoria (High School) con las habilidades que necesitan para tener éxito.
 
Para las artes del lenguaje en inglés y la alfabetización, esto implica tres grandes cambios. Los estudiantes continuarán leyendo y escribiendo. Pero además de los cuentos y literatura, ellos leerán más textos que proporcionen hechos y datos, y otros conocimientos en áreas académicas incluyendo ciencias y ciencias sociales. Los estudiantes leerán textos más desafiantes, y se les harán más preguntas que requieran referirse a lo que han leído para
responder. También habrá un mayor énfasis en el desarrollo de un vocabulario sólido para que los estudiantes puedan leer y entender material desafiante.
   
Esto significa tres cambios importantes en matemáticas. Primero, los maestros se concentrarán en enseñar un conjunto más enfocado de conceptos y conocimientos matemáticos. Segundo, los estudiantes adquirirán ideas y conocimientos importantes de una forma más organizada durante el año escolar y de un grado a otro. Y tercero, requiere que los maestros enseñen contenido estimulante y enriquecedor, y que los estudiantes participen activamente en la resolución de problemas de la vida real con el fin de inspirar un mayor interés en las matemáticas.
 

Resources
 
Parent Roadmaps provided by the Council of the Great City Schools
 
LAUSD 3-year implementation plan 
 
A document explaining the biggest changes in mathematics and ELA/Literacy and a quick reference card on the shifts.
 
Top 8 questions parents ask teachers 
 
This toolkit will help you navigate your child’s journey from pre-kindergarten through high school. It is designed to help you track and support progress at each stage.
 
Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) is a state-led consortium working to develop next-generation assessments that accurately measure student progress toward college- and career-readiness. Smarter Balanced is one of two multistate consortia awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Education in 2010 to develop an assessment system aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) by the 2014-15 school year.
 
The Smarter Balanced Assessment System will give parents and students more accurate and actionable information about what students are learning. Because these assessments are computer adaptive, they will also provide better information about the needs and successes of individual students.
 
En todo el país, las escuelas están implementando nuevos estándares académicos diseñados para preparar a todos los estudiantes para una carrera universitaria y profesional. Los Estándares académicos fundamentales establecen metas consistentes de aprendizaje independientemente de su origen o lugar de residencia. Para ayudar a los estudiantes a cumplir con estos objetivos, los estados están desarrollando nuevas evaluaciones que dan a los padres de familia y maestros una mejor información sobre dónde están teniendo éxito los estudiantes y dónde se les puede ayudar. 
 
NCEE What Does It Really Mean to Be College and Work Ready?
 
from GreatKids.org are short videos for parents that show what children in grades K-5 should be able to do in each grade. 
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