Nevada City School District
800 Hoover Lane
Nevada City, CA 95959
Common Core State Standards (CCSS)/ Smarter Balanced Assessment
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) 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. Visit the adoption process Web page to learn more about the process.
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.
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is a multistate consortium working collaboratively to develop a student assessment system aligned with a common core of academic content standards for English language arts/literacy and mathematics. As a Smarter Balanced governing state, California is a decision-making member. Smarter Balanced assessments are designed to measure student progress toward college and career readiness.
The California Department of Education has recently released Practice Tests which give us an opportunity to see items similar to those that our students will encounter on Smarter Balanced, the next generation of assessments, scheduled for implementation in 2015. The purpose of the Practice Tests is to provide students, parents, teachers, school administrators, and the public the opportunity to experience features of online testing and exposure to new types of questions based on the Common Core Standards. Practice Tests are available in English Language Arts and Math for Grades 3-8 and 11. Further information, Scoring Guides and a link to the Practice Tests are available on the CDE Smarter Balanced Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/practicetest.asp. We encourage your family to access the Practice Tests and experience the skills and abilities our children will be expected to exhibit starting in the 2014-2015 school year.