Common Core State Standards Update

Volume II, Issue 7, March 2013
A Publication of the California Department of Education
CCSS Update
New Resources
Common Core State Standards Special Education Resources Web Page
The Special Education Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Web page offers resources and guidelines on what the CCSS and the new tests will mean for California students in the special education community.
Revised Instructional Materials Frequently Asked Questions
The Instructional Materials Frequently Asked Questions Web page has been revised to include legislation that went into effect in January. This Web page includes answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding instructional materials, funding, sufficiency, and the Williams settlement.
Opportunities to Participate
SBE CCSS Agenda Items
The State Board of Education (SBE) will address three items on CCSS implementation during its March 13–14, 2013 meeting, including the following topics:
  • Evaluation criteria for the English Language Development Supplemental Instructional Materials Review
  • Adoption of the anchor standards for CCSS for English Language Arts and Literacy
  • Activities of the California Department of Education (CDE) and SBE regarding the implementation of the CCSS
  • Update on Statewide Assessment Transition and Smarter Balanced Assessment Development Activities
To review these agenda items or watch the live Webcast, please visit the SBE Meeting for March 2013 Web page.
Innovative and Creative Uses of the Online Professional Learning Modules for the CCSS
Thursday, March 14
3:30 - 5 p.m. Pacific Time (6:30 - 8 p.m. Eastern Time)
Join senior staff from the CDE for an interactive exploration of the CDE's Professional Learning Modules to support the California CCSS including how you can use the Modules in your professional learning communities. For more information about this webinar and to sign up, please visit the Schools Moving Up Web Webinars Web page.
California Spotlight on Santa Ana Unified School District
Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) is dedicated to providing a world-class education to all students. With 82 percent English Learners or redesignated English Learners, SAUSD has identified key components to explicitly and purposefully address the needs of all English Learners in a coherent and consistent manner. The SAUSD Web site emphasizes this key focus; highlighting the establishment of a theory of action, development of a theoretical framework, and intentional professional development.
SAUSD believes that effective and consistent communication is essential for successful implementation of the Common Core. The Web site highlights multiple avenues to communicate with teachers, staff, and community members. Avenues of communication include the Common Core Newsletter and Frequently Asked Questions published bi-weekly, Common Core blog, and access to videos and presentations highlighting on-going implementation plans.
Santa Ana invites districts in California and throughout the nation to access their Common Core State Standards Web site. SAUSD’s goal is to assist other districts in accelerating the implementation of the Common Core and form lasting, collaborative partnerships.

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