Common Core  


General Sites

SCCS Reference Library for Employees--Curriculum
Common Core State Standards --from California Department of Education
California Resources and Documentation --Manuals and User Guides, Field Test Communications Toolkit, Training Modules, Additional Resources
Smarter Balanced Practice Tests -- The Smarter Balanced Practice Tests are now available for grades 3 through 8 and grade 11 in English-language arts (ELA) and mathematics. The Practice Tests provide a preview of the Smarter Balanced assessments, but do not reflect the full range of content that students may encounter on the actual assessments. From California Department of Education.
Search for Common Core Standards in your lesson plans--Plan the way you teach.
Curriculum & Instruction’s Top 10 CCSS Web Resources-- These high-quality resources, curated by the Curriculum & Instruction Department at the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, are for educators implementing the Common Core State Standards. Include links to professional learning modules, handouts, presentations, sample lessons, lesson videos, and much more.
Open Education Resources-- a project created by ISKME
Technology, Information and Media Literacies: Strategies for Effective Learning-- Power Point from Kent State
Skills Comparison Chart
Achieve the Core--This website is full of free content designed to help educators understand and implement the Common Core State Standards. It includes practical tools designed to help students and teachers see their hard work deliver results. was created in the spirit of collaboration. Please steal these tools and share them with others. 
Brokers of Expertise--from California Department of Education
5 Tips for Explaining Common Core to Parents --from THE Journal 
Teach Kids To Be Their Own Internet Filters --from KQED
Literacy Implementation Guidance for the ELA Common Core State Standards --from The International Reading Association
Common Core State Standards Update--sign up to recieve updates to the Common Core from the California Department of Education. To subscribe to the Common Core State Standards Resources Listserv, please send a “blank” message to
The Core Knowledge Blog--LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail, The Inclusive, Capacious, Diverse, Relevant . . . and Misleading California Reading List
Common Core English Language Arts in a PLC at Work Grades 9-12-- from Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey with the International Reading Association
English-Language Arts (K-12)--from the Sacramento County Office of Education
Common Core Standards --from Shmoop
CCSS Professional Learning Modules for Educators--The California Department of Education (CDE) worked with experts in the field to develop professional learning modules (PLMs) that support educators in delivering curriculum aligned to the CCSS to all pupils. The modules are housed on the Brokers of Expertise Web site and are available online at no cost. The modules were intended to be used by educators independently or as a face-to-face presentation. All materials are provided for either option and may be accessed on the Brokers of Expertise Web site. Please select the links below to view the modules that are currently available.
What are USA Education Standards? -- a short explanation of the essence of common core geared to parents
Remodeling Literacy Learning Together --Paths toStandards Implementation -- from The National Center for Literacy Education
Administration of the Computer-based Smarter Balanced Field Tests — Training Videos and Resources -- California Department of Education, Educational Testing Service
Estudiantes/Padres de Familia--Common Core information for Parents and Students in Spanish


Materials selection
List: What Common Core authors suggest high schoolers should read--From the Washington Post, December 2012
Recommended Literature List -- from the California Department of Education
Guidelines for Selection of Materials in English Language Arts Programs -- from the National Council of Teachers of English

Common Core: An Unparalleled Opportunity for Elementary School Librarian to Shine
CCSS On-Demand Webcast Archive Registration --from School Library Journal

School Libraries and Common Core 

LUSD Libraries and the Common Core, November 11, 2012
Crosswalk of the Common Core Standards and the Standards for the 21st-Century Learner--From the American Library Association
Illinois Standards Aligned Instruction for Libraries
Examples of Model School Library Standards for California Public Schools Supporting Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects
Crosswalk the Common Core & Educational Technology Standards--from the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Technology Standards--Compiled by the Instructional Technology Services Department, Kings County Office of Education