Common Core: Are they ready?

Published: Thursday, May. 9, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 14A
Last Modified: Monday, Jun. 3, 2013 - 7:55 am

A survey of Sacramento-area school districts shows that most have begun teacher training and started to build curriculum based on the Common Core standards.

Elk Grove Unified: New math curriculum was taught this year in kindergarten through second grade, and in English language arts classes in third through sixth grades. Next year, the approach will be expanded to add math in third through sixth grades and English in kindergarten through second grades. Every teacher in the district is scheduled for some level of training. More information.

Sacramento City Unified: The district began training teachers in 2011 and is teaching to the English standards in all grades. District officials plan to teach the math standards by 2014-15. The district has held workshops for parents. More information.

San Juan Unified: The administration and teachers union have established a joint committee to plan for implementation. Teachers are undergoing training. Every child will be taught to the standards next school year. More information.

Natomas Unified: The school board recently approved a three-year plan to implement the standards. Next year, kindergarten, third-, eighth- and 11th-grade teachers will begin to teach to the standards. More grade levels will be added in 2014-15 and 2015-16. More information.

Washington Unified: The West Sacramento district is in the first phase of a plan to implement the standards. Teachers are being introduced to the concepts and have begun developing curriculum.

Roseville City School District: Last school year, the district put in place a three-year transition plan. This year it is training staff. Teachers have started to develop and use new curriculum. Next year, they will develop benchmark tests to be given to students each trimester.

Folsom Cordova Unified: All teachers have received at least preliminary training and are teaching to the new standards to some degree. Trustees have approved a new eighth-grade math course. More information.

– Diana Lambert

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