Common Core State Standards:
The CCSS for English-language arts are divided into four strands: reading, writing, speaking and listening, and language. The standards are organized by grade level for kindergarten through grade eight and by grade span for high school.
The mathematics standards for kindergarten through grade eight are organized by domain. Students in kindergarten through grade five are expected to achieve mastery in whole numbers arithmetic (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) and to develop a strong conceptual understanding and procedural skill with fractions– critical foundations for the learning of algebra. The standards for grades six and seven extend work with fractions and develop concepts such as rational numbers and proportional relationships.
(SB X5 1) established the Academic Content Standards Commission (ACSC) to develop academic content standards in language arts and mathematics. SB X5 1 stated that California must:
Ensure the rigor of the state's reading, writing, and mathematics academic content standards, curricula, and assessments is maintained so that all high school graduates are prepared for college and careers by establishing a process to adopt new standards based on the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
On August 2, 2010, the California State Board of Education (SBE) voted unanimously to adopt new standards for both mathematics and English-language arts. The new standards are rigorous, research-based, and designed to prepare every student for success in college and the workforce. The standards are internationally benchmarked to ensure that our students are able to compete with students around the globe.
CDE staff is currently working on implementation scenarios for the CCSS. The actual timelines for that implementation will be dependent on actions by the Legislature to authorize and fund implementation-related activities.
In addition to new curriculum and instructional materials, teachers, administrators, and educators will need professional development focusing on the CCSS. Previous initiatives have focused on adopted instructional materials with an emphasis on kindergarten through grade eight. The new initiative will have to be broader and deeper, as the focus must be on teachers and educators at the elementary, middle, and high school levels to meet the needs of their diverse learner population. Lastly, teacher education programs will need to shift their attention to the CCSS.
Another critical component of the implementation of the CCSS is the development of new assessments based on the new standards. The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is developing assessments based upon the CCSS. SBAC has established a timeline of developing pilot tests in the 2012-13 school year.
Assessing the Common Core and Students with Disabilities
Common Core Standards for all students in schools today requires thinking about their application for students with disabilities. How should accessibility issues be addressed - via accommodations, alternate assessments, or other means? What are the implementation challenges and opportunities, and the next steps to take in ensuring that students with disabilities benefit from the Common Core Standards?
Bring the Common Core to Life
David Coleman, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Student Achievement Partners, demonstrates two lesson plans - "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" and "Gettysburg Address" - that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.
California Department of Education
Two possible timelines for implementation of California’s Common Core State Standards (scroll down to FAQ #4 and click on “implementation of the CCSS.”
CEC Today (Council for Exceptional Children)
Common Core Standards: What Special Educators Need to Know
Common Core's Implications for Special Ed Students
Common Core’s Implications for Special Ed Students
Common Core State Standards
Application to Students with Disabilities
This document – formulated with substantial input by disability organizations in Washington, seeks to clearly establish that IDEA-eligible students are to be given the same opportunity to learn these standards as all other students. The exception is that they need all of the specialized services and supports required by IDEA.
Lastly, the document points out that some students – those with the most significant cognitive disabilities – will need to significant supports but the standards should not be compromised.
Common Core State Standards: Considerations and Implications for Students with Disabilities and Struggling Students
A presentation by Christy Murray from the Center on Instruction, Special Education Strand, Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk at the University of Texas at Austin.
Common Core State Standards: Implications for Students with Disabilities
An excellent slide presentation by Martha Thurlow at the 2010 CCSSO National Conference on Student Assessment
Common Core State Standards: Transitioning to New Rigor
WestEd offers an archived webinar about aligning district curriculum with the Common core Standards.
Common Core Videos
The Teaching Channel shares 60+ free videos of teachrs modeling lesson ideas for new Math and English Language Arts Common Core State Standards. An additional 250 videos are organized by grade levels and include topics such as: planning, class culture, behavior, engagement, differentiation, assessment, collaboration, common core, new teachers, and celebrating teachers. Teachers access resources by providing an email address, name, school, and a password.
New Common Core Tests to Shelve "Modified Achievement Standards"
By Christina Samuels
Standards' Impact for Special Ed. is Weighed
For students who are disabled, guidance brings hurdles and opportunity.
By Christina A. Samuels
International Center for Leadership in Education
Fewer, Clearer, Higher Common Core State Standards: Implications for Students Receiving Special Education Services (A White Paper)
The New Common Core State Standards Assessment Systems
Pascal Forgione, Jr., and Nancy Doorey share a presentation for the new types of assessments from Partnership for the Assessment Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC).
New Generation Assessment of Common Core Standards: Moving Toward Implementation
In this paper, Linda Darling-Hammond reviews the logistical, management, and procedural challenges of implementing the new generation of assessments and proposes strategies to address them.
SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC)
California Department of Education shares links to a presentation and external sources that provide information about the new generation of student assessment system aligned to the common core of academic content standards.
Special Educators Look to Tie IEPs to Common Core
This article discusses aligning students' individualized education programs (IEPs) to the standards currently being adopted in 43 states. In the section, "Fusing Skills and Standards," the California Department of Education shares their developed steps to aid teachers in writing grade level, standards-based goals for IEPs.
Supporting Struggling Readers with Evidence-Based Practices in California
This recently updated website provides resources to focus on providing explicit reading & language arts instruction for ALL students, expecially struggling readers, Reading and language arts instruction on the Common Core Standards, Response to Instruction & Intervention (RtI2) as a site based strategy for closing the achievement gap, Use of evidence based practices and programs, and Providing high quality site based professional development.
Transitioning to Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Assessment
Willard Daggett, Susan Gendron and Daniel Heller provide this resource kit to support the transition process to CCS and new generation of assessment.