Common Core: California Content Standards


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California Common Core State Content Standards

The California State Content Standards are designed to encourage the highest achievement of K-12 students by defining the knowledge, concepts, and skills students should acquire in each grade level. SCOE has published a helpful news story answering questions about the Common Core State Standards. Learn about the California Academic Content Standards Commission and its role in developing a single set of "Common Core" standards in California.

State Resources

  • State Guidance for Maximizing Use of New Investments in Professional Learning (SB 77)—materials describing the use of new professional learning funds supporting student, educator, and school system growth, incorporating all current state content standards.

Curriculum Frameworks

  • ELA/ELD Framework Summary—the English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework for California Public Schools: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve offers guidance for providing all California students a world-class education in English language arts and in literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects.
  • Mathematics Framework Summary—the Mathematics Framework for California Public Schools, K-12 highlights essential information and provides guidance in mathematics. It includes a wealth of information and support for teachers, administrators, and parents/guardians.

Common Core Resources

Common Core Leadership Planning Guide—developed by the Consortium for the Implementation of the Common Core State Standards (a collaborative group from CDE, the California Teachers Association, the Association of California School Administrators, the California School Boards Association, CCSESA, and many other organizations).

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Links to California State Standards and Related Information

English-Language Arts (ELA)



English Language Development (ELD)

New Standards Require Changes to State Testing

The new California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System replaces the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) system. Test results help identify gaps in knowledge so students can receive the support they need to succeed.

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