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Common Core for Parents

From the California Department of Education


Common Core State Standards


"The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) provide a practical way to prepare children for the challenges of a constantly changing world – by learning step-by-step the real-world skills they need for career and college. Despite the state’s budget problems, California must move forward now so that all children – no matter where they come from or where they live – receive a world-class education that’s consistent from school to school, and graduate ready to contribute to the future of our state and our country.

California is putting these standards to work, using them as the foundation for remodeling our education system. The standards keep the best of what we have, but replace outdated ways of learning with a clear focus on the key knowledge and skills students need, and provide teachers the time to teach them well."

Click here to read entire document from the California Department of Education.

Click here for mathematical resources from the California Department of Education. 

Shifts in Learning

Shifts for Students and Parents
(A downloadable presentation from EngageNY that addresses the 12 shifts in learning as a result of the Califorrnia Common Core State Standards)

Parent Resources


Ventura County Office of Ed


The Ventura County Office of Education has listed numerous resources for parents and educators.  Click on the logo above to go the the VCOE Common Core resource page.  Click on the links below for more information about the California Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

California Common Core State Standards Overview for School Boards, Parents and Community

CCSS Information and Resource Guide (2-page brochure)

CCSS Frequently Asked Questions

National PTA
National PTA® created the guides for grades K-8 and two for grades 9-12 (one for English language arts/literacy and one for mathematics).

The Guide includes:

  • Key items that children should be learning in English language arts and mathematics in each grade, once the standards are fully implemented.
  • Activities that parents can do at home to support their child's learning.
  • Methods for helping parents build stronger relationships with their child's teacher. 
  • Tips for planning for college and career (high school only).

Click here to go to the PTA page, then select the grade level guide(s).


Achieve the Core

California Common Core Resources for Parents and Community Members

"This section contains resources which have been compiled for parents and community members seeking to learn more about the  California Common Core State Standards." ( Click on the logo above to learn more.



California Math Council


"The purpose of the For Families section of the CMC web site is to assist parents, guardians, and families in supporting student learning in MATHEMATICS. On these pages you will find articles and activities for download that offer practical advice and information for helping pre-school through high school students." Click on the logo above to learn more.





The California County Superintendents Educational Services Association has developed a California Common Core Standards Parent Handbook.  "This handbook gives parents an introduction to California's Common Core Standards and a summary of what students are expected to learn as they advance from kindergarten through grade 8."  Click on the logo to go to the CCSESA California Common Core Standards Communication Tools to find the Parent Handbook.


California Department of Education
Click on the links below for the full text of the California Common Core State Standards and related Appendices.

English Language Arts and Literacy(ELA) CCSS

ELA Appendix A :Research Supporting Key Elements of the Standards and Glossary of Terms

ELA Appendix B: Text Exemplars and Sample Performance Tasks

ELA Appendix C: Samples of Student Writing