Common Core state standards discussed by SPUSD Board

November 27, 2013
Santa Paula News

By Brian D. Wilson

Santa Paula Times

Trustees of the Santa Paula Unified School District got an updated report on Common Core State Standards at Thursday’s meeting.

The standards take effect in the next school year. The educational standards describe what students should know and be able to do in each subject in each grade. In California, the State Board of Education decides on the standards for all students, from kindergarten through high school.

Since 2010, 45 states have adopted the same standards for English and math. These standards are called the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Having the same standards is designed to help all students get a good education, even if they change schools or move to a different state. Teachers, parents, and education experts designed the standards to prepare students for success in college and the workplace.

The California Department of Education helps schools make sure that all students are meeting the standards. The Standards are divided into two categories: K-12 standards that outline the grade-by-grade expectations for student learning and results in students prepared for college or career; and College and career readiness standards, which address what students are expected to know when they enter college, technical school or career.

With the implementation of new standards, states are also required to adopt new assessment benchmarks to measure student achievement.  According to the Common Core State Standards Initiative website, formal assessment is expected to take place in the 2014-2015 school year, which coincides with the projected implementation year for most states, including California.

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