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California Conditions of Learning Symposium:
Engage, Teach, and Lead
January 28, 2016

To build capacity through integrative and innovative practices that support
professional learning and student achievement.

San Ramon Valley Conference Center
3301 Crow Canyon Rd, San Ramon, CA


Our Mission

The Contra Costa County Office of Education is dedicated to supporting schools and districts as they begin transitioning to the California Common Core Standards (CCCS). With the implementation of the Common Core, educators will work collaboratively to implement curriculum, assessment, and ongoing professional development. Our goal is to support districts as they build capacity at all levels to support teachers, students, and school communities. The Common Core provides a means for all students to be college and career ready and to thrive in the 21st century workforce.

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Historical Background

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were developed through a state-led national initiative to establish consistent and clear education standards for English language arts and mathematics that would better prepare American students for success in college, career, and the competitive global economy.

This is an introduction to the CCSS as published by the National Governors Association and State Education Chiefs in the launch of the CCSS (June 2010).

The California State Board of Education (SBE) adopted the academic content standards in English language arts and mathematics as proposed by the California Academic Content Standards Commission (ACSC) pursuant to Senate Bill X5 1 (Steinberg). The California standards include the CCSS AND specific additional standards that the ACSC deemed necessary to maintain the integrity and rigor of California’s already high standards.

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 for California.

The full implementation of these standards will occur over several years as a new system of CCSS-aligned curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Assembly Bill 250 (Brownley) specifies the following timelines. Senate Bill 140 (Lowenthal) supports the creation of bridge materials.


Milestone Math English Language Arts
SBE Grants Approval of Bridge/Supplemental Materials Fall 2012 Fall 2012
SBE Approved Framework November 2013 May 2014
Textbook Adoption 2014 2018
Full Implementation of CCSS 2013-14 School Year 2013-14 School Year
Smarter Balanced Assessments Become Operational 2014-15 School Year 2014-15 School Year

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