Common Core Standards California – Happy Birthday
Under item three on its August 2, 2010 agenda, the state School Board of Education approved the common core standards proposed by the Common Core State Standards Initiative. The initiative was sponsored by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).
To improve their chances for September, 2010 Race To The Top funding, states had to adopt state specific common core standards by August 2, 2010. However, a year earlier, legislation for adopting instructional materials, including framework revisions, until the 2013-14 school year was passed (Subsequent legislation has moved the adoption to 2014/15).
In June, 2011, California joined 30 states to become members of the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium. Of those, California is one of 18 governing states, which allows decision-making participation.
Work of CORE
Seven school districts formed in October, 2010 to work on school district reform. The seven school districts are Clovis, Fresno Long Beach, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco and Sanger districts or California Office to Reform Education (CORE).
In July, 2011, the Stuart Foundation has announced it will spend $1.55 million to support the work of CORE. The grant supports CORE’s priority work of sharing and using data to improve instruction; improving teacher preparation and recruitment; and creating formative assessments for and implementing the Common Core standards in English language arts and math.