Parent Guides to the Common Core State Standards


We don't know what the jobs of tomorrow will be, but we do know our future depends on a strong workforce - and today's schools must prepare our kids to be part of it.

California is updating the way we prepare students for the future. With the implementation of new standards for all students, called Common Core State Standards, learning in the classroom will look different for your child. Learn more about the new standards and what they mean for your child by downloading an informational flier – available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Tagalog and Vietnamese.

The new standards mean...

  • Deeper, richer, more relevant instruction for your child
  • Clearly defined learning goals for each grade level that build from year to year
  • A focus on key knowledge and skills, including communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity

The new standards matter because...

  • They're part of an overall update to the way our schools ensure all students achieve – including more professional development opportunities for
  • teachers, updated instructional materials and technology, and more useful assessments
  • They provide all students with hands-on experiences, and opportunities to experiment and try new approaches
  • They help prepare your child, and every child, to navigate a fast-paced, super-connected changing world

What's Cooking With the Common Core in California? from FrameWorks Institute on Vimeo.


Find out what your child will be learning, at each grade level, in Mathematics and English Language Arts with the new Common Core State Standards. You'll also learn more about how you can support your child's learning and other helpful information.


As part of the transition to new standards, California will also implement a new testing system, called Smarter Balanced, which will evaluate student achievement in a more meaningful way by leveraging technology that tailors questions to responses.

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.

Learn more:


For more information about the new state standards and what they mean for students, teachers and schools, click here.

You can also view a detailed presentation from the California Department of Education.


  • California Department of Education
    Find detailed information about the new state standards including implementation and resources for teachers, administrators, the higher education community and parents.
  • K-8 California's Common Core Standards Parent Handbook
    This handbook, created by the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) in consultation with the California State PTA, gives parents an introduction to California's CCSS and a summary of what students are expected to learn as they advance from kindergarten through grade eight.
  • SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium Information
    SMARTER Balanced tests will assess the full range of Common Core Standards in English language arts and mathematics for students in grades 3-8 and 11. It will measure current student achievement and growth over time, showing progress toward college and career readiness, and allowing for growth models.