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Common Core

Foothill and the Pleasanton school district are implementing the Common Core State Standards that are sweeping the nation and setting a higher bar for student achievement.

The Common Core State Standards provide a clear, consistent understanding of what student are expected to learn in two basic subjects -- math and English language arts. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills our young people need for success in college and careers.

The standards establish the skills students are expected to master at each grade level. Since the standards are clearly outlined, it is easy for teachers to know what to teach and for parents to know what their students should be learning.

The intent of common core is to help students apply what they learn to the real world and to think critically about what they are being taught. Common core is the application of knowledge rather than rote memorization.

For more information, please visit these informative websites:

Please see the files below for informational fliers specific to the Pleasanton school district.

The Common Core State Standards are being phased in during the 2013-2014 school year and will be fully implemented the following year.

While the Common Core State Standards represent a national movement, they are not mandated by the federal government. Each state can decide whether to implement common core. California, which adopted the standards in 2010, is among 45 states that have adopted the standards.

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is coordinated by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. The standards were developed based on input from teachers, school administrators and education experts. The revised final draft was released in June 2010.

Comparing Old to New

Crosswalks is the term used to compare the old standards to the new common core standards. Please see the files below for crosswalks for English language arts and math. The crosswalks include comparisons for all grades, K-12, so you'll need to scroll through the files to find the grade levels in which you're interested.