California and the Common Core State Standards: Early Steps, Early Opportunities

CCSS brief
February, 2013

This brief stems from the symposium Collaborating for Success: Implementing the Common Core State Standards in California co-hosted by the California Collaborative in August 2012.  It provides an overview of the promises and challenges of implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as discussed at the symposium by several national experts.  In particular, California Collaborative member, Kenji Hakuta, emphasized the importance of linking English language development with content.  The report presents themes which emerged from conversations among district leaders about their strategies for and experiences with implementing the CCSS.  Themes include strategies for communicating the CCSS vision to various audiences, aligning resources, tools, policies, and practices to support CCSS implementation, and building partnerships with community organizations such as afterschool providers.  The report concludes with a discussion of next steps in California’s transition to the CCSS including the need to ensure equity and access for all students as well as navigating the statess upcoming transition to a new accountability system.