Brianna Boyd, Editor
With California set to bring its public school curriculum, instruction and state assessment system into alignment with the new Common Core State Standards in less than a year, the state’s public education system, the way educators teach their students, and the tests used to assess student proficiency will all change drastically. California is one of 45 states that has formally adopted the CCSS for mathematics and English language arts.
The District of Columbia and four United States territories have also adopted Common Core, which has been described as being rigorous but more honest standards to measure student achievement. According to State Superintendent Tom Torlakson, the CCSS are designed to provide all students with the deeper learning, critical thinking and other skills needed to prepare for college and a career.