In 2011, Washington adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which aim to develop common learning expectations for K-12 students across the country. Currently, 48 states have begun implementing CCSS.
- What are the Common Core State Standards?
- Smarter Balanced state-mandated assessments
- Resources for families
- How SPS is preparing for the Standards
The Common Core State Standards establish consistent goals for what students will learn at each grade level. The standards are the same throughout the city, state and country. Comparable learning expectations for all students, no matter where they live, promote equity in education, and ensure that all students are prepared to succeed in college and the workforce.
Learn more in our Nov. 13, 2013 letter to families. Translations available in Chinese, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese.
In the 2014-15 school year, Washington state will begin using Smarter Balanced assessments for students in grades 3 to 8 and 11 as a replacement for the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP). These annual assessments, given in the spring, measure student proficiency in College and Career Readiness Standards (Common Core) in math and English language arts (reading, writing, listening and research skills).
Learn more about these tests on our Smarter Balanced page.
Want to know more about the Common Core Standards? See below for more information.
- Family Toolkits for Literacy, Math and Science
Seattle Public Schools has developed the Family Literacy, Math, and Science ToolKits to assist families in helping with their children’s learning at home and at school. These books are full of activities that you can do with your children in the summer and throughout the school year, specific to each child's grade and developmental level.
- Parent Guides
Created by the National PTA, these documents provide overviews for each grade of what students will learn in mathematics and English language arts/literacy
- Parent Roadmaps
Created by the Council of the Great City Schools, these roadmaps provide information about what students will be learning in grades K-8 and guidance for how to support learning at each grade level
- Highlights of the Standards (by grade)
- The Complete Standards
The Department of Curriculum and Instruction has provided professional development to ensure:
- All certified teachers receive training on Common Core in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and 21st century skills.
- All teachers have foundational Common Core knowledge leading to culturally responsive instruction and teaching for every student, in every classroom, every day.
The Common Core in literacy, speaking & listening, and mathematics require a shared responsibility for instruction from all teachers in all content areas. The district required professional development in Common Core of all teachers, including those who teach students in English Language Learners, Special Education and Advanced Learning programs.
Additionally, all SPS principals have participated in a minimum of 6 hours of professional development in Common Core.