The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is a set of learning goals designed to benefit and enrich students by setting fewer, clearer, and deeper standards and expectations, working grade-by-grade, step-by-step to put students on the path to graduate prepared for both college and a career.  The standards require a greater use of analysis, critical thinking and real-world skills.

Transitioning to success as Common Core is implemented

Local districts are in their first year of full implementation of the Common Core State Standards; however, teachers and districts have been working since 2010 to prepare to successfully engage students in deeper learning and higher expectations set by the new standards and are prepared to help ensure the success of students under Common Core.

Common Core Resources

Find out more about Common Core in California by reading our resources:


Sign on to the public support statement for Common Core

See who supports Common Core
Higher Education supports Common Core


Show your support for Common Core and join the Children’s Movement of California


California conditions favorable for Common Core ... Ed Source READ
My Word: Teacher support, training ...Contra Costa Times READ
Napolitano, UC support Common Core ... The Daily Californian READ
Common Core: This reform could actually work Inside Bay Area READ
The Common Core’s Unsung Benefit… The Atlantic READ
Viewpoints: We all have to pitch in ...Sacramento Bee READ
Most in state back Common Core ... SF Gate READ
Californians strongly support Common Core Inside Bay Area READ


PTA Parents Guide to Common Core
Common Core Works
Core Standards
CA Dept. of Education Common Core Information
SVCG Understanding the transition in CA
Ed Source UC a-g requirements…
National Urban League Common Core for Common Goals
Business for Core
Smarter Balance Portal
Watch a visual explanation of Common Core


NEA Common Core Standards Toolkit
Center on Education Policy – Research on Common Core
Education Next – Common Core Poll
EdSource Reforming testing and accountability
PPIC Implementing the Common Core State Standards in California
Center on Education Policy Districts’ Perceptions, Progress, and Challenges
New American Education Policy Brief Common Core Goes to College