Common Core State Standards

Information Links

PUSD’s Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Webpage

Review the new assessment that is aligned with Common Core and take a pilot test. The PUSD Math Resources for Parents website can be found at

A link to the SBAC practice test is on the website listed above, but the direct link to the practice test is click the sign in button and select a grade

For parents who want to support their child at home in mathematics, our useful link is

EngageNY resources video

Information from California

State PTA California will conduct a "practice run" of new student tests.  California schools are transitioning to new standards, called Common Core State Standards, that will improve the quality of education. As part of this, the state is also creating a new assessment system that will help evaluate students' progress on the new standards. The new standards and tests will:Reflect that California has raised the bar significantly regarding its expectations of all students;Promote students to think more deeply and critically about the content they learn in school across disciplines;Encourage educators to provide deeper learning opportunities for students;Measure student progress toward college-and-career readiness, enabling educators to diagnose any problems and intervene accordingly; and Test student achievement in a more meaningful way by leveraging technology that tailors questions to responses.This spring, the new testing system will be taken through a "practice run," or field test, that will provide students and teachers with hands-on experience and help identify any necessary technological changes that should occur before the assessment system is fully implemented. Students, parents and educators will need to have patience as bumps in the road are encountered during this important practice run.

Learn more:California State PTA has resources and information about the Common Core State Standards available online at this great video created by students that explains the new Smarter Balanced Field Tests.Get more info from the California Department of Education (CDE)Children Now also offers great information about Common Core.

Volume III, Issue 18, June 2014

A Publication of the California Department of EducationCCSS UpdateNew ResourcesRecorded Presentations Archive Now Available for Common Core and Beyond: A Practicum on Literacy in the Content Areas, Mathematics, Instructional Strategies, and AssessmentsThis series—brought to you by the California Teachers Association (CTA), the California Department of Education (CDE), the Comprehensive Center at WestEd, and the Association of California School Administrators—was designed to deepen educator understanding of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Smarter Balanced assessments. Sponsored through a grant provided by the National Education Association, these one-day seminars offered workshops; many provided by classroom practitioners; in the areas of curriculum, technology, literacy across the content areas, and assessment. The live seminars took place from January to May 2014 and CTA has made available the presentation recordings and resources on the CTA Archives Web Page.Opportunity to Participate2014 California STEM SymposiumPlease register now for the 2014 California STEM Symposium at the San Diego Convention Center on September 22 and 23, hosted by the Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation in partnership with the CDE and the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. To learn more, please see the attached flyer or visit the Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation Web page. Field Test Flash #20This is the Field Test Flash from the CDE, providing updates about the Smarter Balanced Field Test. Please forward these flash announcements to all educators who may want to stay apprised of the latest information about the Field Test. If you would like to receive Flash updates via e-mail notification, subscribe to the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) listserv by sending a blank message to If you would like to unsubscribe from the Flash listserv, send a blank message to to the Digital Library and the User Provisioning (registration) Process Webinaris now available. This webinar (Adobe Flash Player 13.0) provides basic information about the contents of the Digital Library and details on how to register individuals in LEAs to allow them access to the Digital Library.The Smarter Balanced Digital Library preview starts June 3. Smarter Balanced provided the above link to an archived webinar for local educational agencies (LEAs) regarding the Digital Library preview. The webinar provides following:An orientation to the Digital Library with a demonstration of the current functionality and screen shots showing additional features.A walk-through of the user provisioning (registration) processA listing of Digital Library Preview preparation activities is below:5/23/14 -- via an e-mail to CAASPP Coordinators, the CDE sends a link to the archived webinar and sends the User Provisioning Manual with the template to LEAs as an attachment5/23 to 9/30/14 -- LEAs prepare templates for user information upload5/23 to 9/30/14 -- LEAs upload template6/3/14 -- Digital Library preview starts9/30/14 -- Digital Library preview ends (in preparation for the beginning of the operational version on October 1, 2014)Please note: On October 1, 2014, the Digital Library becomes fully operational and available to all users who have been registered by their LEAs through the User Provisioning Process.The goal of the preview is that LEAs will incorporate these Digital Library orientation materials into summer in-service and back-to-school activities. The initial set of resources educators will be able to preview in the Digital Library is a result of the work of more than 1,000 members of the State Network of Educators and the State Leadership Teams in each member state. If you have questions or want more information, please contact WestEd by e-mail at or the CDE Support and Outreach Office by e-mail at or by phone at 916-445-8517.---If you find these updates and resources helpful, please consider forwarding this message to others who might benefit from receiving more information about CCSS implementation in California. Anyone can join by simply sending a blank e-mail message to Update from CDE1430 N Street, Suite 5602Sacramento, CA 95814-5901Excerpted from CDE’s External Linking Policy: The CDE is providing these links only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by the CDE or any association with the sites' operators.To view past CCSS Updates, please visit the CCSS Resources Listserv Archive. Subscribe: If you would like to receive information and updates via e-mail notification, subscribe to the CCSS Update from the CDE listserv by sending a “blank” message Join the CDE Smarter Balanced e-mail list by sending a blank e-mail message to