SCUSD is staging a series of workshops to give parents hands-on experience with the new Common Core State Standards.

Parents attending the sessions will be challenged to write to essay prompts, annotate informational texts, flex their speaking and listening skills and solve math problems — all strategies associated with the new standards. By the end of a three-part series, parents will have a clear picture of how Common Core standards are changing SCUSD classrooms.

The workshops will be held on various dates and locations in October, November and December, and will provide comparisons of the paper-and-pencil test students used to take each spring with the new Common Core-aligned online assessments.

The Common Core State Standards in math and English were adopted in California in 2010 and will replace the outgoing California Content Standards in 2014-15. Standards are learning expectations for students. The Common Core State Standards specify what students should know and should be able to do at every grade level from kindergarten through senior year.

To learn more about SCUSD and the Common Core, including a list of the dates and locations of the parent workshops, visit

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