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Plan to help California schools implement the Common Core

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2012 15:25 PM

While some schools may have a hard time implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the California Department of Education (DOE) aims to provide state educators with a continually updating document that can help them transition to the CCSS at their institutions.

The CCSS Systems Implementation Plan for California was recently presented to the executive and legislative branches of the state government, according to DOE officials. This living document lays out the important phrases and activities that schools must focus on as they prepare for the Common Core.

"This work will take our state’s already world-class standards to a new level, emphasizing a deep understanding of English-language arts and mathematics to ensure our students complete high school, ready to thrive in college and careers," said Tom Torlakson, state superintendent of public instruction.

According to the Implementation Plan, the first phase focuses on raising awareness of the CCSS, while the second outlines a transition period. The third includes the introduction of professional learning support and curricula that is fully aligned with the Common Core.