California has adopted the Common Core State Standards as our state’s official standards for ELA & Math. The Common Core State Standards set grade-by-grade learning expectations for students in grades K-12 for Mathematics and for English Language Arts (ELA) and Literacy. While states have had standards for more than 15 years, this set of standards has set clear
and high learning goals
and is more focused on preparing students for success in college and career.
California has also adopted the new Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) assessments to measure student growth and achievement relative to the new standards. Following two years of field testing and piloting, these new assessments are officially administered to all students in grades 3-8 and 11 beginning in the Spring of 2015. This will provide our baseline performance data from which we will continue to grow throughout our gradual, purposeful transition to the Common Core State Standards.
While Common Core is “new”, our District’s Strategic Plan
articulates values that are already in line with Common Core, making this less of a transition to a new set of priorities, and more accurately, a reinforcement of those things we value:
- We believe in pursuing a culture where all students are engaged in a rigorous, relevant & technology-rich curriculum.
- We believe in sharing a commitment to high expectations for the growth and achievement of each student and staff member.
- All students will have the skills and knowledge essential to the pursuit of their personal long-term educational, career and life goals.
- All students will have the knowledge and skills necessary to meet standards of achievement and performance.
- Students, as lifelong learners, learn best when they are actively engaged in their learning and use relevant applications for solving problems.
- We believe in engaging students, parents and community members as partners in the educational process.