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Common Core State Standards


The mission of the Common Core State Standards Initiative is to "provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy."
These new standards focus on integrating academic content with skill instruction.  The CCSS makes clear what students should be able to do, as well as what they should know when they graduate.  All of the English/Language Arts standards at the lower grades build, or spiral, to the twelfth grade standards.  It is possible to trace the development of a standard from kindergarten through graduation, at each level the work increases in complexity. The Math standards focus on "habits of mind" that students can apply at all levels of mathematics.  This shift is an exciting opportunity for teachers to vertically articulate curriculum in ways not possible under the current standards.

Quick Links

CCSS Report and Presentation to AUSD PTA Council, February 26, 2014

AUSD Letter to Families, February 2014

AUSD Letter to Families, September 2013

What you need to know: Shifts for Students and Parents

California Department of Education's main page on Common Core Standards

Three-Minute Video Explaining the Common Core State Standards

English - http://vimeo.com/51933492

Spanish - http://vimeo.com/51947947


Parent Roadmaps

English Language Arts http://www.commoncoreworks.org/Page/330

Spanish Language versions http://www.commoncoreworks.org/Page/365

Mathematics http://www.cgcs.org/Page/366

Spanish Language versions http://www.commoncoreworks.org/Page/367

CA Department of Education: Common Core State Standards

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC)               

                Video for High School Students

                Video for Middle School Students

California State PTA's Parent Guide to the Common Core  

The National PTA’s Parents’ Guide to Student Success

Guide providing an overview of what your child will learn by the end of each school year.

English Language

Spanish Language


Resources for Teachers

Educational Services

Teaching and Learning
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Chief Academic Officer

Shirley Clem, Ed. D.
Coordinator of Elementary Education

Terri Elkin
Coordinator of Secondary Education



Common Core Assessments

The State of California introduced the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress in 2015. Also called the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments, the tests are given annually to students in various grades. The tests are taken online and replace the previous Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR), which was paper based. You can learn more about the CAASPP program here.