Common Core State Standards
Transition to the Common Core Standards
Until now, each state has had its own set of student learning standards. Instruction has varied greatly from district to district, and even from school to school. That's why California Department of Education supports the concept of Common Core Standards: The goal is to provide a clear, consistent "core" of standards so all children have access to an excellent education, regardless of ZIP code.
California is one of many states across the nation that have voluntarily adopted the new Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts/Literacy and Math.
As schools transition from the old standards to the new Common Core Standards, the STAR testing has been suspended. (Although a pilot test will be given to students in the Spring.) During this transition many districts and schools are utilizing the MAP Tests in order to determine student academic growth.