Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are an updated set of academic standards that have been developed with the intention of unifying learning expectations for students across all states.

Common Core State Standards bring strong advantages to students in California and in the United States. First, by unifying the expectations, assessments of educational quality and the federal funding that is based on such assessment will be more equitable. Second, students throughout the United States will be in a better position to compete with students throughout the world for university admission and for jobs in a global market. Finally, these standards define kindergarten through twelfth grade learning that will ensure that students are well prepared for post-secondary education and careers.

The CCSS have been adopted by 46 states across the United States. California’s State Board of Education adopted the CCSS in August 2010. The National Education Association, American Federation of Teachers and California Teachers Association were included in the discussion and were given a voice in providing their input into the final version of the CCSS.

The CCSS have been developed for English Language Arts (ELA) and for mathematics. Common Core Literacy standards affect History, Social Science and Science instruction for the purpose of disciplinary literacy, but the CCSS are not content standards for these subjects. Please see the ELA and Mathematics sections for more specific information about ELA and math standards.

EGUSD has a multi-year implementation plan in place that includes professional development for teachers and staff, outreach to parents and information for the community. To stay up-to-date on EGUSD and CCSS, please subscribe to this website.

The following presentation provides an overview of CCSS and EGUSD’s transition to the new standards.

An Introduction to the Common Core State Standards