2012-13: Grades 2-12 Transitioning and Grades TK-1 Implementing the Common Core State Standards

 ​The Learning environment is to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers so they will be best positioned to live happy, successful lives here in Orange County as well as contribute and compete successfully in our local and global economy.

In 2012-13 Orange County Department of Education recommends that all K-12 teachers will:

  1. Lead high-level, text-based discussions
  2. Focus on the learning process, not just content
    • Provide students opportunities to discover information on their own
    • Design learning environments that engage students in the “habits of mind”
  3. Create assignments for real audiences and with real purpose
  4. Teach argument writing which appeals to logic and reason, consists of a thesis/claim, evidence, concession/refutation
  5.  Increase text complexity in both literature and informational text (literacy non-fiction)

All students will gain expertise, demonstrate, apply and adapt their learning by engaging:

  1. The Common Core "Habits of Mind'
  2. ​The 21st Century Skills - P21​


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  • Literacy across all content areas / integrated instruction
  • Build knowledge through content-rich nonfiction and informational text
  • Read ​and writing grounded in evidence from text
  • Regular practice with complex text and its academic vocabulary
  • Focus strongly where the Standards focus
  • Coherence: Think across grades, and link to major topics within grades
  • Rigor: In major topics pursue conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and application with equal intensity.​
  • Integrated mathematics with other content areas and real world application

ELA Videos: 


Mathematics Videos:



Criterion-Based Rubrics and Review Processes

 Tri-State rubrics to evaluate the quality of lessons and units intended to address the Common Core State Standards​ ​

 (From States Already Implementing CCSS: MA, RI, NY)

ELA/Literacy Rubric Examples​

Mathematics Rubric Examples​






Grade 1​

Grades 2 - 12​

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 Recommended: Grades K-1 implement CCSS

K-12 ​implement the "Habits of Mind": Mathematical Practices and the English Language Arts Capacities

K-12 begin infusing rigor and relevance in current practice
- see the Cognitive Rigor Matrix/Depth of Knowledge (on right) 

Council of Chief State School Officers/Multi-State Resources:


Common Core State Standards Milestones 


When the SBE adopted the CCSS with Additions in August of 2010, these standards became the current subject-matter standards in English language arts and mathematics. The full implementation of these standards will occur over several years as a new system of CCSS-aligned curriculum, instruction, and assessment in developed.


When the SBE adopted the CCSS with Additions in August of 2010, these standards became the current subject-matter standards in English language arts and mathematics. The full implementation of these standards will occur over several years as a new system of CCSS-aligned curriculum, instruction, and assessment in developed. New tools to support the system are important; professional learning support modules, curriculum framework, instructional materials, and assessment tools are all key components. However, in addition to the tools, successful implementation requires that California's diverse educational stakeholders work in concert to achieve the shared objective of preparing every student for success in college and career. Passage of Assembly Bill 250 (Brownley) defines the Common core State Standards Implementation timeline.



​English Language Arts


Bridge/Supplemental Materials​

​Fall 2012 

​Fall 2012 

Framework​ May 2014 November 2013
Textbook Adoption​ 2018​ 2016​
Full Implementation of CCSS​ 2013-14 School year​ 2013-14 School year​
Smarter Balanced Assessments 2014-15 School year​ 2014-15 School year​

English Language Development Standards​

Fall 2012​
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CCSS-Aligned Instructional Resources Designed to Meet the Diverse Needs of All Students


Content Alignment Tool. CCSSO's long-standing Surveys of Enacted Curriculum (SEC) SCASS created an online tool in Summer of 2012 to help states compare their current state standards, their enacted curriculum (what teachers are actually teaching in the classroom), and the Common Core State Standards in order to identify their degree of alignment to one another. This alignment tool can be found online as well as a tutorial on how to use it. Creator: CCSSO


The traditional implementation of new academic content standards in California has been the progressive pathway of the development, review, and adoption of standards, curriculum frameworks, instructional materials, and assessments. Due to fiscal crisis, the state enacted a series of laws beginning in 2009 designed to create flexibility for LEAs. These laws suspended the authority of the CDE to initiate curriculum frameworks development and the authority of the SBE to adopt any new materials until July 2015. However, due to the passage of Assembly Bill 250 (Statutes of 2011), the CDE is now revising the curriculum frameworks for mathematics and English language arts. These new curriculum frameworks will provide instructional guidance aligned to the CCSS and will provide publishers with criteria for the development of the new instructional materials.


While instructional materials adoptions remain suspended, the CDE is conducting a review of supplemental instructional materials that will bridge the gap between SBE-adopted programs currently being used by LEAs and the new CCSS. Once the review is complete, the CDE will list on it's website these CCSS-aligned materials designed to help LEAs transition to the new standards. 

Instructional Materials 

CDE Criteria for the Evaluation of Common Core State Standards Supplemental Instructional Materials,evaluation_criteria_supplemental_instructional_materials.pdf


CDE Materials Implementation Timeline and Overview of Common Core State Standards, August 2011. CDE CCSS implementation presentation


CDE Common Core Supplemental Materials Review. This CDE webpage includes the Grade Level Standards Maps and once the review is complete it will list materials that are aligned to the common Core State Standards.


Creative Commons Corporate partners with GATES Foundation (June 2011) in the development of the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative to produce a common metadata schema to identify learning resources that will complement Common Core State Standards for K-12, as well as all other online learning vehicles. Creative Commons Corporation.


CDE Common Core on iTunes  and the CDE iTunes Fact Sheet 


Grade Level Curriculum 

CDE Grade Level Curriculum Webinar Series K-6 

A Look at Kindergarten Through Grade Six in California Public Schools, organized by individual grade levels.  

The Flow of a Formative Assessment Lesson, GATES Foundation 

Anatomy of an Literacy Design Collaborative, GATES Foundation


Transitioning and Implementation Tools and Resources  

CDE's Transitioning to the Common Core State Standards web page includes agenda, presentation materials, and transition timelines. 

Preparing Students for Success in the 21st Century: CDE Education Blueprint, 2011 

EdSource - 2011 Forum Video: California's New Common Core K-12 Academic Standards 

Video Vignettes that explain the CCSS are available on CDE iTunes U 

Orange County Recommended Common Core   Timeline 

America's Choice Common Core Resources/Videos: Sally Hampton and Phil Daro Interviews 

Moving Forward with Consistent, Rigorous Standards for All Students, GATES Foundation 

GATES Foundation Continues to Support the Common Core State Standards 


Curriculum Design and Lesson Resources 

Thinkfinity offers free teaching and learning resources, linked  many outstanding partner sites. Aligned to CCSS. 

Brokers of Expertise provides access to free resources. http://www.myboe.org/ 

California Learning Resource Network (CLRN) aligned to the CA State Board of Education academic content standards  


Big Picture Tools and Resources 

California Resources for ELA and Mathematics 

CCSESA Communication Tools


 Legislation Updates 

Bills impacting the implementation of the CCSS and California standards have been enrolled and forwarded to the Governor. The most current information regarding their status can be found on the Official California Legislative Information Web page. ​​