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A Parent’s Guide

Lowell Elementary

PTA Meeting

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

To view this video


“C” for Common Core

This three-minute video below explains how the Common Core State Standards

will help students achieve at high levels and help them learn what they need to

know to get to graduation and beyond.

Core standards adopted by 45 states, the District of Columbia,

4 territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity.

The “Shifts”

  • ELA

  • Building Knowledge through content rich non-fiction.

  • Reading, writing and speaking grounded in evidence from the text (both literary and informational.)

  • Regular practice with complex text and its academic language.

  • Math

  • Focus strongly where the

  • Standards focus.

  • Coherence: Think across grade levels and link to major topics within grade levels.

  • Rigor: In major topics, pursue conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and application.

College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards

ELA, History/Social Studies, Science,

and Technical Subjects K-5

Reading Focus: Literature, Informational Text, & Foundational Skills


Speaking & Listening


Students Who Are College and Career ReadyReading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language

  • Demonstrate Independence

  • Build strong content knowledge

  • respond to the varying demands of audience, task, purpose, and discipline

  • comprehend as well as critique

  • value evidence

  • use technology and digital media strategically and capably

  • come to understand other perspectives and cultures

Common Core Mathematics

Content Standards

  • Big Ideas. Support Connections across the grades. (Domains)

  • Groups of related standards within the domain. (Clusters)

  • What students should understand and be able to do. (Standards)

  • Domains are the same at each grade level. Standards are different at each grade level.

Mathematical Practice Standards

1) Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them

2) Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

3) Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

4) Model with mathematics.

5) Use appropriate tools strategically.

6) Attend to precision.

7) Look for and make use of structure.

8) Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

Content + Practice Standards=

Together these standards address both “habits of mind”

that students should develop to foster

mathematical understanding and expertise and

skills and knowledge.

“What students need to know and be able to do.”

The mathematical content standards were built on progressions of topics across grade levels, informed by both research

on children’s cognitive development and by the

logical structure of mathematics.

Math Testing

  • CST

  • 100% Skills & Fluency

  • 4-choice multiple choice

  • 2nd grade - Juniors

  • Smarter Balanced

  • 60% Skills & Fluency

  • 20% Concept Development

  • 20% Problem Solving

  • 3rd grade – 8th

  • High School Juniors only

Smarter Balance ELA & Math

Test Question Types

Selected-response items

Technology-enhanced items

Constructed-response items

Performance tasks

LBUSD “Where are we?”

2014 - 2015 Common Core State Standards Test

“What can I do as a Parent?”


LBUSD select “c” and Common Core

This District webpage will connect you to resources in the following areas:

About Common Core


Testing with Smarter Balance

California Office to Reform Education

Parent & Student Support

Teacher Support


LBUSD Curriculum Documents

“Parent Roadmaps”Documents that you can download and print for each grade level and content area.Approximately 6 pages each.

English Language Arts K-12


Mathematics K-12


Smarter Balanced Practice Test


Click “Sign In”

Select “Grade #”

Click “Yes”

Click “Start G# Math” or “Start G# ELA”

Choose settings and click “Select”

Click “Yes, Start my Test”

Click “Begin Test Now”

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