Common Core

What is the Common Core?

The Common Core is a set of standards and guidelines for what all students should know and be able to do in math and language arts from kindergarten through 12th grade. Since 2010, over 40 states have adopted the Common Core, including California, whose State Board of Education approved its implementation on March 7, 2012.


The Common Core was drafted by experts and teachers from across the country and focuses on developing the critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills students will need to be successful after high school. The new standards also provide a way for teachers to measure student progress throughout the school year and ensure that students are on the pathway to success in their academic careers.

Common Core Resources

Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSS)

Standards for English Language Arts PDF (66 pages)

Standards for Mathematics PDF (93 pages)

Overview at SFUSD

Overview at the California State PTA

Common Core 101, from the Alliance for Excellent Education (15 pages)

Achieve the Core, a website from the lead writers of the Common Core

Achieve the Core Parent Intro

CCSS Shifts for Language Arts, a Guide for Families from SFUSD

CCSS Shifts for Math, a Guide for Families from SFUSD

Common Core and Smarter Balanced Assessments, from Children Now

California Department of Education Resources



Grade-Level Curriculum Overviews

California English Standards PDF (98 pages)

California Math Standards PDF (162 pages)

Overview for Grades K-6 PDF (265 pages)

Math Common Core Resources

Math Standards at SFUSD

SFUSD Math Department

TED Talk by Conrad Wolfram, a proponent of reform in math education

YouCubed, a resource created by math specialist Jo Boaler, one of the driving forces behind reform in math education

BBC Interview with Jo Boaler

Math Resources and Games

Khan Academy Math, exercises and videos for learning math skills

Wuzzit Trouble

Motion Math