The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are academic standards which describe what students should know and be able to do in each subject in each grade. In California, the State Board of Education adopts standards for all students, from kindergarten through high school. Since 2010, 45 states have adopted the same CCSS for English and mathematics. CCSS ELA standards also have implications for History/Social Studies, and Science and Technical Subjects.

English Language Arts

In August 2010, the State Board of Education adopted the updated English Language Arts standards.

California’s Common Core Content Standards for English Language Arts

Mathematics

In August 2010, the State Board of Education adopted the updated mathematics standards. There are two types of Mathematical Standards in the Common Core State Standards:

  1. The Standards for Mathematical Practice describe a set of intellectual habits and behaviors that all students should develop as they engage in mathematics. The eight Standards for Mathematical Practices are the same for every grade level.
  2. Content Standards – These are the mathematics skills and proficiencies that students are expected to learn.

California’s Common Core Content Standards for Mathematics

History/Social Science

California’s CCSS English Language Arts standards have implications for History/Social Science. The full name of the ELA standards is actually the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, Literacy in History/Social Studies, and Science and Technical Subjects. These are not history or social science content standards. However, they describe skills that students should have in order to be successful in disciplines such as history. California’s History/Social Science content standards still describe what students need to learn in terms of history and the social sciences.

California K-12 History-Social Science Standards

California Common Core Literacy Standards for History/Social Science

Science

California’s CCSS English Language Arts standards have implications for Science. The full name of the ELA standards is actually the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, Literacy in History/Social Studies, and Science and Technical Subjects. California’s CCSS do not replace California’s current science standards. The CCSS for Science supplements current science content standards. In Science, CCSS will assist students in their interpretation of science texts and in clearly communicating about science. California’s Science content standards still describe what students need to learn in terms of science.

California K-12 Science Standards

California Common Core Literacy Standards for Science

In addition, California is in the process or reviewing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which, if adopted, would replace current science standards. The NGSS will be aligned to the CCSS Literacy and mathematics standards.

The California Department of Education on NGSS

Technical Subjects

The Common Core State Standards for Technical Subjects are a supplement to the existing Career Technical Education Standards, specifying the reading and writing skills that students need to develop to access and express their content knowledge.

California Career Technical Education Standards

California Common Core Literacy Standards for Technical Subjects