California Common Core Standards

Supporting Parents In Understanding Common Core

To parentsIn this document, Common Core Math – A Grade by Grade View for Parents we give a grade by grade view of the development of mathematics learning described in the Common Core State Standards.

We suggest you first go to your child’s grade level and look at those pages.  At each grade KI8, there is one page of discussion followed by one page with an example activity.

CAASP Tests Upcoming for Springbrook Students
Grades 3 - 6

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, or CAASPP, which has replaced the Standardized Testing and Reporting, or STAR Program, is the new state academic testing program. CAASPP is a system intended to provide information that can be used to monitor student progress and ensure that all students leave high school ready for college and career. This year, CAASPP includes computer adaptive tests in English–language arts and mathematics as well as paper-based tests for science.

Springbrook students in grades 3 - 6 will take the tests from April 13 – May 19, 2015. To learn about the types of questions on the computer-based test, you and your child can view the practice tests online at the California Department of Education (CDE) Smarter Balanced Practice Test Web page at

Students will have an opportunity to take practice and training tests during their technology lab time at school prior to the April - May online tests.

For more information, please click the link below for the Parent letter in English or Spanish.

CAASPP_2015_ParentLetter_English CAASPP_2015_ParentLetter_Spanish

OCDE Provides Greater Understanding of California State Common Core Standards

The FAQ developed by the legal office of OCDE supports a greater understanding of the legal rights and responsibilities of school districts to implement the state Common Core standards.   The attached document provides:

  • A concise overview of how the standards were developed
  • Clarification regarding the responsibility of leas to implement (i.e. A decision not to implement would be a decision to violate education code.)
  • A description of the how funding and the LCAP are tied to standards implementation.

The question as to WHETHER OCDE implements the state Common Core standards was answered when the standards were adopted in 2010.  Hopefully, the ability to say that OCDE is legally required to implement them and that school district funding is tied to implementation, limits any need for additional debate as to whether OCDE SHOULD be implementing them.   OCDE realizes the conversation has already shifted to how the standards will impact college. Now, the California State Board of Education highlights this topic on Common Core website.

Here is a direct link to the website:

Click here or FAQ above to view/print the Frequently Asked Questions document.


Cassie Parham Asst Superintendent, Education Services

Click the images below for links to the PowerPoint Presentations

Introduction to CCSS Math       CCSS Math Parent Resources Webcast

Click the image below to view Math Parent Handbook FAQs

CCSS Math Parent Handbook FAQs


Key Ideas for Parents About Common Core - A Handout