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The Common Core State Standards and Parents and Guardians

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  The standards keep the best of what we have, but replace outdated ways of learning with a clear focus on the key knowledge and skills students need, and provide teachers the time to teach them well.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.
Common Core Standards were implemented nationwide in the 2015-2016 school year.
The stated aim of the Common Core Standards is to define the knowledge and skills students should achieve to graduate from high school and be prepared to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in  workforce  training programs-College and Career Ready.
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This last year, teachers have devoted time to learn about  these standards in each content area and to begin to plan units and lessons that  align with Common Core Standards.  This year, teachers are fully engaged in planning and implementing curriculum and instruction that aligns with the Common Core Standards.
As a result, there will be changes in what your student is expected  to know and be able to do. For example, there  will be an emphasis on content area literacy across all disciplines with more attention placed on writing - in particular, argument writing, including responding to ideas, events, and arguments presented in texts.   Writing and reading includes independent research to develop and support arguments. 
The greatest shift will be in mathematics as the middle school curriculum and what students are expected to know and apply will  change dramatically. Middle school math courses will integrate pre-algebra, algebra, and geometry over the course of three years.  This curriculum is designed for students to study content in depth and apply their knowledge to solve relevant problems.
The adoption of the Common Core Standards (CCSS) offers educators both an opportunity and a challenge. For the first time, the United States has acknowledged that in a global society the knowledge and skills students require are not limited to the boundaries of their state. For the first time, the United States has taken meaningful steps to articulate the essential learnings for all students whether they live in New York or New Mexico.
3 minute explanation of Common Core on YouTube