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COMMON CORE: The History




 Mathematical Practices

  • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
  • Reason abstractly and quantitatively
  • Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others
  • Model with mathematics
  • Use appropriate tools strategically
  • Attend to precision
  • Look for and make use of structure
  • Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning




 Key Shifts in Common Core Standards

1.  Informational Text

2.  Citing Evidence

         3.  Complex Text

         4.  Focus

         5.  Coherence

         6.  Rigor




 Areas of immediate impact in CA CCSS

1.  Rigorous, nonfiction content at all levels.  All grades.  Consistent.  Coherent.

2.  Rigorous, instructional supports for teachers and students.  Critical thinking, argument, reading/writing.

 3.  Alignment is defined by RIGOR.  Focus on Critical Thinking!

 4.  The fastest acceleration of reading skills: differentiated, engaging, rigorous content

Common Core State Standards

What are Common Core State Standards?

The California Common Core State Standards (CA CCSS) is a standards-based system of education and an integrated system in which each element is an essential part of the whole. 

The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them.


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Link to a video of the presentation given to the community on May 13, 2014 regarding Mathematics Common Core State Standards.


These are links to the PowerPoint ...more

Language & Literacy Resources


These papers address language and literacy issues found in the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. Select each title to view a video interview with one of the authors.



San Mateo County Office of Education, Council for Instructional Improvement.

Common Core Implementation Plan

Click on the link to view the California Department of Education Common Core Implementation Plan and overview of the new standards.


California's Common Core Plan


Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC)

These links will lead you to resources provided by SBAC for Common Core Implementation.


CDE Smarter Balanced Web page

Smarter Balanced Technology Web page


CDE/SBAC updates, presentations, and electronic mailing list available at:


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about SBAC student assessments


SBAC sample items and performance tasks




Informative State CDE Web Sites

Here are a few links to resources for the Common Core Standards provided by the California Department of Education




    All of the resources for common core implementation provided by the CDE begin on this page.


     Frequently Asked Questions


   Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects

San Mateo County Office of Education Professional Development

SMCOE offers professional development opportunities throughout the 2012-2013 school year.  To see the brochure, click the link below. 

Curriculum & Instruction Services Professional Development 2013-14