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    Common Core State Standards at Seattle Public Schools

    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?

    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.

    Smarter Balanced state-mandated assessments

    In the 2014-15 school year, Washington state began using Smarter Balanced assessments for students in grades 3 to 8 and 10/11 as a replacement for the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) and High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE). 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.

    Resources for Families

    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


    How is SPS implementing Common Core?

    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.

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    Common Core State Standards Initiative

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    National Education Association

    National PTA