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Common Core State Standards

Educational standards describe what students should know and be able to do in each subject in each grade. In California, the State Board of Education decides on the standards for all students, from kindergarten through high school.

Since 2010, a number of states across the nation have adopted the same standards for English and math. These standards are called the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Having the same standards helps all students get a good education, even if they change schools or move to a different state. Teachers, parents, and education experts designed the standards to prepare students for success in college and the workplace.

The California Department of Education helps schools make sure that all students are meeting the standards. Below you will find information about the standards and the CCSS-related activities taking place in California.

    California Common Core State Standards


    Implementation Plan

    Approved on March 7, 2012, by the State Board of Education, the CCSS systems implementation plan is a living document that identifies major phases and activities in the implementation of the CCSS throughout California's educational system.

    • CCSS Systems Implementation Guide
      This resource, designed to support local CCSS implementation, provides suggestions and resources organized by the seven guiding strategies of the CCSS Systems Implementation Plan for California.
    • Common Core Channel
      Videos and related resources to provide information and support for implementing the CCSS.
    • CCSS Update Listserv
      Join the CCSS Update Listserv to receive information regarding the implementation of the CCSS including resources and opportunities to participate.
      • California Spotlight
        This is a feature of the CDE CCSS Update Listserv to highlight and share Web sites, curriculum, lessons, units, communications, and other online resources developed by California schools, districts, and county offices of education to support the use of the CCSS.
    Questions:   Common Core Team | | 916-319-0490
    Last Reviewed: Tuesday, March 3, 2015