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Common Core Standards Tool Kit for Parents

Introduction

This Common Core Tool Kit for Parents is an online resource for parents to find information from the State of California Department of Education (CDE) as well as other resources, such as the National PTA, regarding the new Common Core standards. The first part of the tool kit has links to general information, and then breaks down the information by subject and then by grade level. Since the Common Core standards are just being fully implemented in the 2014-2015 school year, information will be changing and it is advisable for parents to check for the latest information online regarding the Common Core standards by using this tool kit. Information for students with disabilities is also included in this tool kit. The tool kit ends with information regarding the new assessment system – Smarter Balance.

General Information

Common Core State Standards
This is the CDE’s main online resource for Common Core standards information. It has several links to documents and videos to help parents better understand the Common Core standards, and how to help their children succeed while working on the Common Core standards.

2-Page Informational Flyer
This two-page flyer gives a quick overview of what is and what is not the Common Core standards and provides links to additional information.

What are Common Core Standards?
This is the CDE’s web page which gives parents links to in-depth information regarding the Common Core standards. There is also a three-minute video explaining the goal of the Common Core standards. There is also an email address where parents can send their questions regarding the Common Core standards. Finally, there is a listing of the latest updates to the Common Core standards.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
This CDE web page has answers to frequently asked questions for both parents and educators regarding the Common Core standards.

What Parents Should Know
This one-page flyer lists the main highlights of the Common Core standards and the shifts in the curriculum from the previous California state standards to the Common Core standards. A link to frequently asked questions is provided.

CCSS Resources for Parents and Guardians
This resource page is designed for parents and guardians. It provides several links to detailed information and resources as well as the most current information published and available online regarding the Common Core standards.

CCSS English Language & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects
This is a 98-page book reviewing grades K-12 standards for English language and literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects. Parents can look for the grade level and subject area to learn more about the connection between the Curriculum and the Common Core standards.

CCSS Mathematics
This is a 162-page book reviewing grades K-12 mathematics standards. Parents can look for the grade level and/or mathematics area (such as algebra or geometry) to learn more about the connection between the subject areas and the Common Core mathematics standards.

Parents' Guide to Student Success from the National PTA
These two-page Common Core standards summaries describe success in English Language Arts and Mathematics by grade level.
Kindergarten
1st Grade
2nd Grade
3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade
6th Grade
7th Grade
8th Grade
High School English Language Arts
High School Mathmatics

Council of the Great City Schools Parent Roadmaps

The Council of the Great City Schools' parent roadmaps in English language arts/literacy and mathematics provide guidance to parents about what their children will be learning and how they can support their learning. These parent roadmaps for each grade level also provide three-year snapshots showing how selected standards progress from year to year so that students will be college and career ready upon their graduation from high school.

English Arts / Literacy
Kindergarten
1st Grade
2nd Grade
3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade
6th Grade
7th Grade
8th Grade
High School

Mathematics
Kindergarten
1st Grade
2nd Grade
3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade
6th Grade
7th Grade
8th Grade
High School

K-8 Great Kid Milestone Videos

These short videos show parents how English Language Arts, Mathematics, and other subjects are taught in the classroom using the Common Core standards and what success looks like at the end of the school year.

Kindergarten
1st Grade
2nd Grade
3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade
Middle School
Unfortunately, there are no high school milestone videos available at this time.

Special Education and Common Core

For the main CDE website about special education students and the Common Core standards, please click HERE. This site provides parents with several links to other resources for students in special education.

Special Edge Newsletter: What New Standards Mean for Students with Disabilities
This newsletter covers the topics of universal design, new assessments, IEPs (Individualized Education Plans) and the Common Core standards, and the multi-tiered support for students that need it.

10 Things Parents Need to Know: The Common Core
This one-page flyer highlights what parents need to know about special education students and the Common Core standards. It also provides links to further information and resources for parents.

10 Things Students with Disabilities Need to Know: The Common Core
This one-page flyer highlights what students need to know about their role in the classroom and the Common Core standards such as what types of questions to ask teachers, and provides links to further information and resources for students as well as for parents.

General Assessment: Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium (SBAC)

The Common Core standards uses a new assessment tool called Smarter Balance, developed by the Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium. To learn more about the consortium and to get the latest information regarding the Smarter Balance Assessment tool, please click HERE and the link below.

Assessment Principles and Guidelines for ELL with Disabilities
This 28-page report covers how to properly assess English Language Learners with disabilities under the Common Core standards. It covers five principles: content standards, test and item development, assessment participation, accommodations, and report formats.

 

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