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CCSS - Common Core State Standards (For Parents)

Common Core Vision Statement

The Brentwood Union School District is committed to a full implementation of the Common Core State Standards.  The following principles guide our implementation of the Common Core:

  1. Inclusion of teacher voice in the development and implementation of our plan.
  2. Recognition that the implementation of the Common Core State Standards will take more than five years to fully implement.
  3. Determination to include our already good practices and to not allow the pendulum shift to take over.
  4. Start with the source and support with supplementary materials secondarily.

As a district we look forward to what the Common Core State Standards have to offer!  We are excited about the opportunity we have to improve on our already good practices and we strongly believe that the changes that will come with these new standards will have a positive impact on student achievement.

Transitioning to the Common Core State Standards




Building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction

Reading, writing and speaking grounded in evidence from text, both literary and informational

Regular practice with complex text and its academic language


Focus strongly where the Standards focus

Coherence: think across grades, and link to major topics within grades

Rigor: in major topics pursue conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and application with equal intensity.


C&I BUSD 2017-18 LCAP Goals
Goal 1: Standards, Benchmarks and Frameworks: Align instruction and Student Learning to Common Core State Standards (CCSS), English Language Development (ELD) Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Goal 2: Intervention:  Identification and implementation of a consistent, research based program structure and service model to meet the needs of all students Goal 3: Technology: All students will utilize technology in order to meet the demands of the Common Core and prepare for college and career readiness
  • Provide professional development on curriculum, instructional planning, and strategies aligned to implementing adopted State Standards

  • Continue to implement:

    • ELD plans

    • NGSS plans

    • A comprehensive and balanced assessment system

    • Instructional techniques and strategies aligned to the frameworks (Close Reading, Literacy Practices, etc.)

    • Evidence based lesson planning

  • Continue staffing support to ensure consistent implementation of State Standards

  • Provide parent education and support around the standards, curriculum, and instruction

  • Utilize Professional Learning Communities to support teaching and learning

  • Continue staffing (coaching), resources, PD, and leadership to develop and support the consistent implementation of Response to Intervention (RtI) and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) in the least restrictive environment

  • Use disaggregated data to analyze results of subgroups to meet the needs of targeted students and student groups

  • Implement Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program based on GATE review recommendations

  • Support students with reading challenges by providing structured, multisensory, phonics based reading intervention curricula and professional development  

  • Continue professional development on:

    • Integration of technology in the content areas
    • The technology scope and sequence
    • Identified staff technology needs
  • Refine and implement technology scope and sequence crosswalk to meet state standards and 21st century learning demands

  • Provide staffing support to ensure maintenance of technology and instructional leadership as a result of increase in technology district-wide.

  • Implement aligned and articulated Computer Science instruction

  • Continue to explore technological options for increasing accessibility to State Standard curriculum

BUSD - Parent Education Night - 2015


Workshop Description

Linked documents below

Grade Level

Presented in Spanish

Math Practice Standards & Shifts



Math Practice Standards & Shifts



Math Practice Standards & Shifts



ELA Shifts & Expectations

How to Help My Child at Home



ELA Shifts & Expectations



ELA Shifts & Expectations



Smarter Balanced Assessment



Academic Vocabulary

Academic Vocabulary Packet

TK - 8


Digital Technology



Collaborative Conversations

TK - 8


Literacy in the Content Areas

6 - 8


English Language Development, English Learners, and the CCSS

3 - 8


Math Placement and Pathways

6 - 8

Links for Parents - Common Core Information