Common Core Standards FAQ

What are the Common Core State Standards?

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort that established a single set of clear educational standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts and mathematics that states voluntarily adopt. Science standards are still being developed and will be released within the next few years. The standards are designed to ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to enter college or the workforce. For more general information and to view the standards:

What’s different about the Common Core State Standards?

•    Fewer standards to teach at each grade level in favor of greater depth
•    Literacy skills taught across subject areas
•    Providing content-rich non-fiction and academic language
•    Math standards as an extension of prior learning
•    The integration of math in science and technical subject areas
•    Sharing of results and best practices across the nation.

To see how the “old” standards compare to the “new standards”:

When will students be assessed on the new standards?

In 2014-15, California expects to have full implementation of the new assessments in grades 3-8. These assessments will be computer based. They will go beyond multiple-choice questions to include extended response as well as performance tasks that allow students to demonstrate critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. To learn more about the new assessments:

Does Glenview have new curriculum yet?

It will take a number of years to develop new curriculum frameworks and instructional materials aligned to the CCSS. In the interim, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction has invited publishers of instructional materials to submit supplemental instructional materials that bridge the gap between programs currently being used by local educational agencies and the CCSS. Oakland is researching these options and the costs associated with purchasing new materials.

Does Glenview get additional state or district funding or professional development time to prepare for the new standards?

No, Glenview will continue to use the same revenue sources and existing professional development time to prepare for the implementation.

How are the Glenview teachers preparing?

Teachers meet every Wednesday afternoon and the main focus of our time together this year is to collaboratively unpack the Common Core State Standards and determine how to best implement them in our classrooms. Our site math teacher leader and language arts teacher leader are receiving additional training to help map out our transition plan. We have an external consultant who will support our implementation in math and we are excited to be chosen as one of only a few OUSD schools to pilot the new math units.

How can I best support my child to ensure success while in school and with the new standards?

The Parent Roadmap Guide provides detailed information about the shifts in ELA (English Language Arts) and math CC State Standards by grade level.  Along with describing these shifts, this guide provides lots of ways you can help your child learn outside of school.  OUSD's Parent Roadmap:

Overview of Common Core and Testing Information
OUSD Common Core Information

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