On August 2, 2010, the California State Board of Education (SBE) voted unanimously to adopt new standards for both mathematics and English-language arts. The new standards are rigorous, research-based, and designed to prepare every student for success in college and the workforce. The standards are internationally benchmarked to ensure that our students are able to compete with students around the globe.
In 2009, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA) committed to developing a set of standards that would help prepare students for success in college and career. The first step in this process was the development of the College and Career Readiness standards. These later became the foundation for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a voluntary, state-led effort coordinated by the CCSSO and NGA to establish clear and consistent education standards. Parents, educators, content experts, researchers, national organizations, and community groups from forty-eight states, two territories, and the District of Columbia all participated in the development of the standards.
The CCSS were developed for English-language arts and mathematics, kindergarten through grade twelve. They were built upon the best state standards; the experiences of teachers, content experts, and leading thinkers; and feedback from the general public.