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Common Core Resources


Achieve the Core: Introduce the Common Core to Parents and Community Members
This informational toolkit for parents and community about the Common Core includes facilitator's guide and PowerPoint. The toolkit is designed for grades kindergarten through high school.

California Department of Education (CDE) Resources for Parents and Guardians
The California Department of Education has compiled a list of resources for parents and guardians interested in learning more about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and how to support their children's attainment of these standards. Resources include informational flyers, handbooks, and guides.

CDE Common Core Resources Web page
This page provides information and resources about the academic content standards for mathematics and English Language Arts.

California Department of Education (CDE) Resources for Parents and Guardians (Multilingual Resources)
The California Department of Education has compiled Fact Sheets that provide an overview of the Common Core in 18 different languages.

K-8 California Common Core Standards Parent Handbook
This handbook, created by the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) in consultation with the California State PTA, gives parents an introduction to California's CCSS and a summary of what students are expected to learn as they advance from kindergarten through grade eight.
K-8 California's Common Core Standards Parent Handbook

California PTA Parent Resources
The California PTA provides a variety of resources to help parents understand the Common Core State Standards. The resources include Frequently Asked Questions about the Common Core, Parents' Guide to Student Success, a list of additional resources, and articles of interest.

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 grade eight. The roadmaps explain to parents what children will be learning and how parents can support learning outside of the classroom. The Roadmaps are offered in English and Spanish.

Council of Great City Schools Common Core State Standards Video Clip
This three-minute video explains how the common core standards will help students achieve at high levels and help them learn what they need to know to get to graduation and beyond. The video is also offered in Spanish:

Hunt Institute and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)
The Hunt Institute and CCSSO provide a video entitled, "A New Foundation for Student Success" which presents an introduction to the Common Core State Standards, including a brief history.

National PTA Parent Resources
The National PTA provides a variety of resources to help parents understand the Common Core State Standards. Resources provided on the website include a CCSS Toolkit, the full CCSS, PowerPoint presentations, content briefs on the standards as well as brief videos.

Shifts for Parents and Students
A critical component of a student's success in school is dependent on what and how they learn at home. This practical guide provides steps that parents can take to improve their child's learning of the Common Core. The guide is available in five languages.

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Practice Tests
The Smarter Balanced tests, which will be administered in the 2014-15 academic year, will assess the full range of Common Core Standards in English language arts and mathematics in grades 3-8 and 11. Practice Test for this computer delivered test are available to schools and districts for practice and training purposes, professional development activities, and for discussions with parents, policymakers, and other interested stakeholders.

Smarter Balanced Resources for Engaging Parents and the Public
The Smarter Balanced Website lists a variety of resources including videos, parent guides, and access to the PTA Parents' Guides to Student Success.

Talking to Parents About the Common Core: Resources and Tips
This webpage provides videos and resources to help parents understand the CCSS including a webinar on learning to read the Core. Although designed for teachers, many parents have found this webinar to be straightforward and accessible. It also includes a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document and the previously cited PTA and Council of Great City Schools resources.


CDE Communications Toolkit for California
This CDE Communications Handbook is intended to enhance and guide district communication efforts about the Common Core State Standards.

National School Public Relations Association
This page from the National School Public Relations Association provides many valuable resources for planning communications around Common Core State Standards for parents and community members. Please note that some resources are only available to NSPRA members.

The Future Ready Project
The Future Ready Project is a project of Achieve, and is designed to provide research-based communications that support a college and career-ready agenda, including Common Core State Standards. Included on this website are resources on Making the Case; Planning your Strategy; Finding Relevant Resources, and Defending the Common Core State Standards.