The Saratoga Union School District is dedicated to providing its students with instruction using the California Common Core Standards as the foundation for the work that is done in each and every schoolhouse and classroom throughout the district. Every student is guaranteed access to all of the California Common Core Standards at their grade level in the core academic areas of English/Language Arts and Writing, Mathematics, Science and Social Science. Instruction is differentiated to meet the needs of the individual learner so that every student receives instruction that is both academically and developmentally challenging.
Curriculum that is aligned with the California Common Core Standards has been carefully chosen to provide the tools that are needed to make sure that each student meets and masters the academic standards. Teachers and other staff in the district are trained to use the standards-based curriculum materials in ways that provide the best instruction possible for each student.
Saratoga Union School District is proud of its emphasis on core content standards and the high achievement of our students. At the same time, the district also realizes that the needs of the whole child cannot and should not be ignored. Each of our schools provides a myriad of activities in the visual and performing arts, technology, community service, and physical education to engage every student beyond academics.
Saratoga Union School District is dedicated to children: to involve the community; to anticipate challenges; to take advantage of opportunities; and, to guarantee vital skills for all our children to pursue lifelong learning and become productive citizens.
In August 2010, the State of California joined 45 other states and the District of Columbia in approving national K-12 academic standards for math and language arts. The new academic benchmarks were recommended by the 21-member California Academic Content Standards Commission. The State Board of Education adopted the Common Core Standards on August 2, 2010.
The New Standards
The new standards are designed to prepare every student for success in college and their careers. In fact, Saratoga Union School District was excited to see that the new standards emphasize many of the important 21st century skills our district initiatives were focusing on. The California Common Core Standards (CCCS) are rigorous, and research-based, and are internationally benchmarked to ensure that California students will be able to compete globally. The standards were designed based upon the very best educational practices, and with input from teachers, content experts, and feedback from the public.
The new standards will be assessed with new assessments that are currently being developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. For more information about the upcoming assessments, and to view sample assessment items, visit the SBAC website.
The Latest News from the California Department of Education
For the latest information from the State of California regarding the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, visit the CDE News Releases site. Click HERE to view the September 4, 2013 press release from State Superintendent, Tom Torlakson.
The following links and resources will provide more information about the Common Core State Standards, and we will continue to keep our community informed as we learn more about this exciting change for our schools and our students.