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New Common Core Standards Change Instruction

Focus is on collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and communication.

Why do the Common Core State Standards Matter to Your Student?

California has adopted the national Common Core State Standards (CCSS), and it is bringing significant changes to what children will learn in English-Language Arts and Math and how we will assess student learning.

The Common Core standards are K-12 English Language Arts-Literacy and Math standards that specify a clear, consistent level of knowledge for public school students across the country.

  • They Deepen Problem-Solving Skills and Critical Thinking.
  • They Promote Greater Opportunity for All Kids.
  • They Bring Back Flexibility and Creativity.
  • They Call for Collaborative Decisions.

The Big Picture: Overview and resources about the Common Core Standards

Closer to home: The Common Core in Campbell Union School District

We’re excited by the changes that Common Core Standards is bringing to Campbell Union School District. We believe they will result in deeper, more relevant learning for your children, and we will be better able to determine what students have learned in these lessons. We have several resources that parents can use to support their children at home, too.

Common Core Resources for Parents

For the past year, our teachers have been preparing for the instructional and assessment shifts that are needed for this transition. You can already see it in classrooms!

Assessments are Changing

The old fill-in-the-bubble assessments are gone, because they were based on the “old” California standards. Instead, teachers will assess student learning through Common Core-aligned performance tasks that require critical thinking, creativity and collaboration with other students—all 21st century skills.

All Campbell students in grades 3-8 participated in the Field Test for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) this past spring. They took portions of the English Language Arts test and Math tests for their grade level. We will not see the results from this Field Test. The results will be used ONLY to prepare and norm the statewide tests that will officially begin in spring of 2015.

Report Cards to be Modified

Our report cards are being updated to reflect the new Common Core Standards and performance expectations. These new report cards will give you more information about your child’s progress toward mastering the new Common Core standards. We plan to have a draft ready by October 2014.

Homework Will Look Different

Your children’s homework may also look different. You will not see as many workbook pages or “fill in the blank” worksheets. Your children will be writing in content areas, working on projects, and reading from informational (non-fiction) books. Please talk to your children about what they are working on in class. Read additional informational (non-fiction) books and magazines with them about things they are interested in. Ask them specific questions about what they read, and have them go back and read you the sentence in the book or magazine that gives the answer to your question. They are capable of rising to our expectations!

Aligning Middle School Math with High Schools

We have been working with our high school district and neighboring elementary districts to develop appropriate math pathways and placement criteria into high school Common Core math courses. In 2014-15, Campbell Union School District’s will launch the new “Math Pathway” to prepare students for the Integrated Math they will be learning in high school.

The standards call for learning mathematical content in the context of real-world situations, using mathematics to solve problems, and developing “habits of mind” that foster mastery of mathematics content as well as mathematical understanding. This integrated manner of teaching math has been successful around the world, which is why it is sometimes referred to as International Mathematics.

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