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Common Core Resources


Council of Great City Schools Parent Roadmaps
The CGSC has developed parent roadmaps for understanding the English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics Common Core State Standards in kindergarten through grade eight.  The roadmaps explain to parents what children will be learning and how parents can support learning outside of the classroom.  Offered in English and Spanish.

Council of Great City Schools Common Core State Standards -- Video Clip
This three-minute video explains how the Common Core State Standards will help students achieve at high levels and help them learn what they need to know to get to graduation and beyond.  The video is also offered in Spanish.


New Resources

Mathematics Resources for Parents and Guardians                               

The CDE’s Common Core Team has received several requests from parents who want to know more about the instruction their child is receiving in mathematics. To address this need, the Common Core Team has made available the Mathematics Resources for Parents and Guardians Web page. On this page, parents are first advised to work with their child’s teachers as they are the most familiar with the mathematics program being used at their child’s school. Parents are also provided with information about the transition to newer methods of mathematics instruction and resources that explain the CCSS for mathematics and provide suggestions for parents and guardians for supporting their child’s academic success.                                    

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California PTA Parent Resources
The California PTA provides a variety of resources to help parents understand the Common Core State Standards.  The resources include Frequently Asked Questions about the Common Core, Parent's Guide to Student Success, a list of additional resources, and articles of interest.

Achieve the Core:  An Introduction to Common Core for Parents and Community Members
This informational toolkit is designed for parents and community members and includes a PowerPoint presentation.  The toolkit is designed for grades kindergarten through high school.

Multilingual Resources - California Department of Education
Fact sheets provide an overview of the Common Core in 18 different languages.


Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Practice Tests
The Smarter Balanced tests, which will be administered in the 2014-15 academic year, will assess the full range of Common Core Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 11.  Practice tests for this computer delivered test are available.

Smarter Balanced Resources for Engaging Parents
This site lists a variety of resources including video, parent guides, and access to the PTA Parents' Guides to Student Success.