The Department of Curriculum and Instruction is responsible for developing programs and services to increase student mastery of Common Core State Standards in grades TK-8. These duties include providing quality professional development for administrators and teachers to continue their professional growth throughout their careers, coordinating instruction-based technology, intervention and other support services. Our goal is to provide the highest level of education to each student so they can reach their full potential in an effort to close the achievement gap and extend learning opportunities for everyone.
Fountas and Pinnell Reading assessments grades K-5
NWEA/MAP grades 3-8
Science grades 5 & 8, CAST Science grades 5 & 8
English Language Proficiency Assessments for California, ELPAC
What are Common Core Standards?
"Educational standards describe what students should know and be able to do in each subject in each grade. In California, the State Board of Education decides on the standards for all students, from kindergarten through high school. The California Department of Education helps schools make sure that all students are meeting the standards.
Since 2010, a number of states across the nation have adopted the same standards for English and math. These standards are called the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Having the same standards helps all students get a good education, even if they change schools or move to a different state. Teachers, parents, and education experts designed the CCSS to prepare students for success in college and the workplace." -California Department of Education
For further information, please refer to The Common Core State Standards Initiative
This three-minute video, provided by the Council of Great City Schools (CGCS), explains how the CCSS will help students achieve at high levels and help them learn what they need to know to get to graduation and beyond. You can find other videos on the CGCS Common Core Videos Web page.