February 5 Powerpoint
This is a copy of the powerpoint that was shown at the February 5 informational parent meeting. The links within the powerpoint are below:

California Department of Education

National Parent Teachers Association (PTA)

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

Benchmarking for Success

K-8 Parent Handbook
Distributed at the February 5 meeting, 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. The standards are designed to reflect the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. A common set of learning goals helps teachers and parents ensure students are challenged and making appropriate progress.

Common Core State Standards 101
Distributed at the February 5 meeting, this document provides information about how the standards initiative came about, implementation efforts, political challenges, and more. 

Additional Resources
The following were not shared at the meeting, but can be used as resources as we learn more or want to know more about the standards. Links will be added below as relevant resources are made available. 

Frequently asked questions developed by CISC, the Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committe of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA). 

Myths and Facts
Taken from, this document clarifies myths regarding the standards. 

SBAC Video for Students
From the State Superintendent's of Public Instruction office, a video designed to provide information to students about the Smarter Balanced Field Test our students will take March 18 - April 10. Includes answers to questions about what, where, how and why, and most importantly, the significant contribution students will make in helping to create the operational tests for 2014-15. 

Practice Tests
Want some practice with the new computerized assessments? This link will take you to both practice and training assessments.