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California State Standards & Resources

The California State Standards (CSS) were developed through a state-led initiative to establish consistent and clear education standards for English language arts and mathematics that would better prepare students for success in college, career, and the competitive global economy. The California State Board of Education (SBE) adopted the standards on August 2, 2010.

California Department of Education​ (CDE) California State Standards

What are the Common Core Standards?

Educational standards describe what students should know and be able to do in each subject in each grade.

In California, the State Board of Education decides on the standards for all students, from kindergarten through high school. The California Department of Education helps schools make sure that all students are meeting the standards. Since 2010, 45 states have adopted the same standards for English and math. These standards are called the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Having the same standards helps all students get a good education, even if they change schools or move to a different state. Teachers, parents, and education experts designed the CCSS to prepare students for success in college and the workplace. (California Department of Education)

Depth of Knowledge:
Depth of Knowledge represents the comparison of the cognitive demand of the Common Core Standards and the cognitive demand of the Assessments given to determine their mastery.
Levels of Thinking in Bloom’s Taxonomy and Webb’s Depth of Knowledge
Descriptors of DOK levels for Social Studies
Descriptors of DOK for the Arts
DOK Question Stems
Depth of Knowledge Chart
Cognitive Rigor Matrix for Math & Science 
Cognitive Rigor Matrix for Reading and Writing

21st Century Skills
21st Century Skills refers to a growing global movement to redefine the goals of education, to transform how learning is practiced each day, and to expand the range of measures in student achievement, all in order to meet the new demands of the 21st Century. The driving questions are: “What do students need to learn to help them succeed academically? What do students need to learn to help them succeed in their personal lives? What do students need to learn in order to help them achieve economic success?

21st Century Skills Graphic

In addition to the core subjects, schools must integrate the 21st century interdisciplinary themes in the daily instructional activities. The themes consist of global awareness, financial, economic, business, entrepreneurial literacy, civil literacy, health literacy, and environmental literacy.

21st Century Skills Table

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills is a national  organization that advocates for 21st century readiness for every student.


California State Standards Professional Development
Professional development is offered for all content areas.  Please see EVENTS on the main page or, to sort by content area, visit the program specific page within Instructional Support Services.

The Language and Literacy Tool
We have spiral bound books in K-3, 4-6, K-6, K-8, 6-8, 9-12, 7-12 and K-12 grade spans available for purchase.  Please download the sample and use the provided form to place your order.  There is a 2-3 week turn around on all orders. Order Form

Common Core Standards Booklets
We have spiral bound Common Core Standards booklets for English Language Arts, Mathematics, English Language Development and Next Generation Science Standards available for purchase from our print shop.  Please use the attached order form to place an order.

VAPA Content Standards Booklets
We have ring bound VAPA Content Standards booklets available for purchase from our print shop.  Please use the order form to purchase.

Estándares Comunes de California (CCSESA)
Este manual brinda a los padres de familia una introducción a los Estándares Comunes de California y un resumen de lo que se espera que aprendan los estudiantes a partir de entrar al kindergarten y hasta el octavo grado.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some tech resources and tools for the California State Standards?


“Common Core Standards” for iPad (Free): Reference app that includes both ELA and Math common core standards.

California State Standards Tech Info:

SBAC IT Readiness Tool: Information on the Web-based tool used by districts to report each school's current information technology (IT) as it relates to the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) assessments.

General Tech Resources:

EdShelf:  Tools for every project.  

Mind Tools ( Website that showcases strategies and tools for a variety of skill areas which include problem-solving, reading, learning skills, etc.

Questioning Toolkit ( This webpage from The Educational Technology Journal focuses on questioning tools and techniques.

Rubric Tools:

K-12 CCSS Writing Rubrics. Elk Grove Unified School District 

K-6 Common Core Corner Checklists

Video Libraries and Lessons:

Tareasplus was developed by the Khan Academy and is the largest platform of educational videos for math and science in Spanish. 

Teaching Channel ( Teaching Channel is a video showcase—on the Internet and TV—of inspiring and effective teaching practices in America's schools

LearnZillion:  2,000+ high quality lessons by top teachers - all built from the Common Core State Standards. 

TED-Ed ( Within the growing TED-Ed video library, you will find carefully curated educational videos, many of which represent collaborations between talented educators and animators nominated through the TED-Ed platform. This platform also allows users to take any useful educational video, not just TED's, and easily create a customized lesson around the video. Users can distribute the lessons, publicly or privately, and track their impact on the world, a class, or an individual student.

Khan Academy ( A non-profit organization that provides free lessons, videos, tutorials and more for parents, teachers and students. There are resources for every content area.

Awesome Library ( Organizes the web with 37,000 carefully reviewed resources, including the top 5 percent in education.

What are some California State Standards resources for leadership and administration?
Where can I find parent resources for the California State Standards?
What is EAP and are there any resources for it?

The Early Assessment Program (EAP) is a collaborative effort among the State Board of Education (SBE), the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California State University (CSU).

The program was established to provide opportunities for students to measure their readiness for college-level English and mathematics in their junior year of high school, and to facilitate opportunities for them to improve their skills during their senior year.


What are some resources for students?

English Success Website:
Math Success Website:
Mathematical Diagnostic Test Project:

What is ERWC?

Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC):

A task force of high school and CSU faculty has developed the Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC), a full-year college preparatory English course for high school seniors. The ERWC is aligned with the California English-Language Arts Content Standards and addresses critical reading and writing problems identified by the CSU English Placement Test Committee.

The goals are the ERWC are to help students succeed in three important areas:
Meeting the requirements of the California English-Language Arts Content Standards; Attaining the standards of the CSU English Placement Test; and Achieving the expectations of college and university faculty.

Course assignments, organized into 14 modules and based primarily on non-fiction texts, emphasize the in-depth study of expository, analytical, and argumentative reading and writing. The University of California has approved the ERWC for area "b" credit (from the "a-g" requirements), and the Course meets college preparatory requirements for both the UC and CSU.

Professional Development for Teachers Interested in Using the Expository Reading and Writing Course is available through SCOE.

Contact person: Debra Boggs (dboggs [ahtsym] stancoe [dhotsym] org) | 209.238.1305

What does it mean if a student is college and career ready?

There are two resources where you can get more information on college and career readiness:
University of California A-G Guide:
Education Commission of the States:

What about Career and Technical Education (CTE)?

Check out the following websites:
Education Commission of the States:
SCOE Educational Options: