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Common Core Standards

What are the Common Core Standards?

Educational standards describe what students should know and be able to do in each subject in each grade. In California, the State Board of Education decides on the standards for all students, from kindergarten through high school. The California Department of Education helps schools make sure that all students are meeting the standards.

In 2010, more than 40 states adopted the same standards for English and math. These standards are called the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Having the same standards helps all students get a good education, even if they change schools or move to a different state. Teachers, parents, and education experts designed the CCSS to prepare students for success in college and the workplace.

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

Smarter Balanced is the system of academic tests that is replacing Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program tests in English Language Arts and Mathematics.  The Smarter Balanced tests are based on the Common Core State Standards and are administered each spring in grades 3-5.

The Smarter Balanced tests are taken on computers, and the practice tests provide a good idea of what the new tests look like. The practice tests are available to everyone at:  http://www.smarterbalanced.org/. There is a practice test for each grade in both English Language Arts and Math.  Each practice test has about 30 questions and a scoring guide.  Please explore and discuss these tests with your child.

Technology Practice Skills

Mouse Skills: 
Students can practice multiple mouse skills, including scrolling, using drop down menus, radio buttons, and accessing links to build their navigation skills.

GAMES:
Mouse Practice Bubble Game
Mousing Around
Mousercise
Spelling Bees

Highlight/Select Text Skills:
Students will wear headphones to listen to content and follow instructions to highlight/select text. Students will highlight/select text to make corrections, add text, and delete text.

GAMES:
Grade 3 Proofreading
Grade 4 Proofreading
Grade 5 Proofreading
Highlighting Practice

Navigation Skills:
Students will learn to navigate a webpage by reading instructions, clicking items, dragging items, viewing videos, and entering text into fields.

GAMES:
Comic Strip
Study Jams
Word Clouds
Animation
Story Starters

Drag and Drop Skills:
Students will practice following instructions by dragging and dropping items thus reinforcing the skills of dragging and dropping within a field.

GAMES:
Thinking Blocks
Grammar

Keyboarding Games:
Dance Mat Typing
Keyboarding Games
Fun To Type