California and the Common Core State Standards: Early Steps, Early Opportunities

Carla Hulce and Jennifer O'Day, AIR
Natasha Hoehn, California Education Partners
Catherine Walcott, WestEd

This report explores three questions about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in California:

  1. What are the CCSS and why are they needed?
  2. What are districts doing to implement the CCSS, and what can we learn?
  3. What are the next steps for CCSS transition in California?

The report provides recommendations and conclusions based on Collaborating for Success: Implementing the Common Core State Standards in California, an August 2012 symposium produced by the California Comprehensive Center, the California Collaborative on District Reform at the American Institutes for Research, California Education Partners, and REL West at WestEd.