California is in the process of implementing the Common Core State Standards in English, Language Arts and Mathematics. The State Board of Education adopted the standards in 2010 and set in motion the transition now underway.
The FAQ of the Common Core State Standards Initiative describes the initiative as “… 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. The standards are designed to ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to enter credit bearing entry courses in two or four-year college programs or enter the workforce. The standards are clear and concise to ensure that parents, teachers, and students have a clear understanding of the expectations in reading, writing, speaking and listening, language and mathematics in school.”
Common Core Video Series
National PTA has produced a series of videos to help families learn about the Common Core Sate Standards, which have been adopted by the State Board of Education. These standards identify expectations for students in the areas of English Language Arts and Mathematics. These videos are available at http://www.pta.org/advocacy/content.cfm?ItemNumber=4158
California State PTA Resources
National PTA Resources
California Department of Education Resources