California State Standards Support Page
California adopted the Common Core State Standards in August 2010. Content standards were designed to encourage the highest achievement of every student, by defining the knowledge, concepts, and skills that students should acquire at each grade level. The information below provides resources to learn more about the standards.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Common Core
Where did these standards originate? The Common Core was a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers.
Who developed these standards? The standards were developed by teachers, parents, school administrators and experts from business and higher education (technical schools, colleges and universities).
What is the foundation of the Common Core? The Common Core was based on the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards which define expectations for students exiting the K-12 school system to begin college and start careers.
What is the purpose of the Common Core? The Common Core provides a clear, rigorous, and consistent set of standards to prepare our children for college and career.
Click here for more information and to download PDFs of the California Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics
California Science Standards
On September 4, 2013, the State Board of Education (SBE) adopted the Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools, Kindergarten through Grade Twelve (CA NGSS) as required by California Education Code 60605.85.
Click here for more information and to download PDFs of the Next Generation Science Standards for California