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Director, Educational Services

English Language Arts

English Language Development/ Region 4 Title 3 Lead



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California Standards

Our Mission

The Contra Costa County Office of Education is dedicated to supporting districts and schools as they implement the California Standards (English Language Arts and Literacy, Mathematics, English Language Development, and Next Generation Science Standards). Our goal is to collaborate with districts as they build capacity at all levels to support teachers, students, and school communities. The California Standards provide a blueprint for all students to be college and career ready and to thrive in the 21st century.

Historical Background

Letter from Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction

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 our students for success in college, career, and the competitive global economy.

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.

In addition, the California English Language Development (ELD) Standards, aligned to the English Language Arts/Literacy Standards, were adopted by the State Board of Education in November 2012. Following, the State Board of Education adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for California Public Schools, Kindergarten through Grade 12, in September 2013.

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Page updated on: December 20, 2017

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