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State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Partnering With California PTA To Provide Common Core Resources To Parents

SACRAMENTO—State education officials are working with the California State PTA to get information on the Common Core State Standards into the hands of parents across California, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today.

As part of this effort, the organizations are distributing the Parents Guide to Student Success—a series of resources designed to help parents understand what their children will be learning at each grade level in English-language arts and mathematics.

The guides are available in English and Spanish on the CDE Common Core State Standards Web page, as well as on California State PTA   Web site.

"Parent Involvement Day is the perfect time to release these guides—because we know that well-informed, engaged parents can make all the difference in our work to give every student a world-class education," Torlakson said. "With modern standards and assessments and a new approach to school funding, we have a historic opportunity for serving these students, their families, and our entire state."

"This is a crucial time for public education," said California State PTA President Colleen A.R. You. "The new Common Core standards will help us prepare all students for college and careers, and help them develop vital critical thinking and deeper learning skills. Were delighted to have Superintendent Torlaksons support in sharing information as widely as possible with parents about what the new standards will mean for their children and schools."

Originally developed by the National PTA, each guide includes:

  • An overview of some of the key items students will learn in the Common Core State Standards for English-language arts and mathematics.
  •  Ideas for activities that enable parents to support learning at home.
  • Topics of discussion for talking with teachers about student academic progress.

These state-developed standards, which California and 45 other states have voluntarily adopted over the past few years, are designed to provide all students with the deeper learning, critical thinking, and other skills they need to prepare for college and a career. They describe what students should know and be able to do at each grade level.

CCSS Resources for Parents and Guardians 


(Web accessible version of CCSS Resources for Parents and Guardians )

These resources have been compiled for parents and guardians interested in learning more about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and how to support their childs attainment of these standards.

What are the Common Core Standards? 

Informational Flyers Informational flyers providing overviews and highlights of the CCSS, available in multiple languages.

K–8 Californias Common Core Standards Parent Handbook: 
This handbook, created by the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) in consultation with the California State Parent Teacher Association (PTA), gives parents an introduction to Californias CCSS and a summary of what students are expected to learn as they advance from kindergarten through grade eight. This document has been translated into 17 languages. The handbook and translations may be found on the CCSESA Common Core Standards Communication Tools Web page   under the General Overview Materials section.

Parents Guide to Student Success  A guide, available in English and Spanish, for the CCSS in grades K-8 and two for grades 9-12 (one for English language arts/literacy and one for mathematics) created by the National PTA. The guide includes key items that children should be learning in each grade and activities parents can do at home to support their childs learning.

Council of Great City Schools Parent Roadmaps The Council of Great City Schools has developed parent roadmaps for understanding the English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics CCSS in kindergarten through eighth grade. For each grade and subject, the roadmaps explain to parents what children will be learning and how parents can support learning outside of the classroom.

California Department of Education CCSS Resources Web page Information and resources about the academic content standards for mathematics and ELA adopted by the State Board of Ed.

    Join the CCSS Resources listserv to receive information and updates regarding the implementation of the CCSS. Send a "blank" message to join-commoncore@mlist.cde.ca.gov .

    If you would like further information regarding the CCSS, please contact the Common Core Systems Implementation Office by phone at 916-319-0490 or by e-mail at commoncoreteam@cde.ca.gov .

Questions:   Common Core Systems Implementation Office | commoncoreteam@cde.ca.gov  | 916-319-0490

National PTA Resources: 

National PTA has produced a series of common core standards informational guideline pamphlets, which outline expectations by grade level.  You can access these for free on-line at: http://pta.org/content.cfm?ItemNumber=2796

Other Resources:

California Implementation Plans: http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/cc/

National PTA Common Core Resource page: http://www.pta.org/advocacy/content.cfm?ItemNumber=3008&navItemNumber=557 

Available translations for Common Core Documents can be found at:



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