The Common Core State Standards are a starting point for transforming the way we practice the art of teaching and for building stronger conversations among teachers, grade levels/departments, schools, districts, and states. There will be a consistent expectation throughout the country of what our students will need to know and be able to do at each grade level and course of study. The standards will provide a consistent set of expectations for all learners. The Common Core State Standards are a set of core understandings we want our students to have in order to be prepared for college and their careers ahead. Therefore, the Los Angeles Unified School District will focus on developing a shared foundational understanding of the Common Core State Standards. The goal is to develop a working knowledge of the new standards and their effects on teaching and learning for all stakeholders.


The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are a critical element in bringing about real and meaningful transformation of our national educational system to benefit each student in every classroom.

The CCSS help define the knowledge and skills all students need to succeed in college and careers.

Expectations will be consistent for all students across the nation.

A state-led movement through the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers.

Designed by a diverse group of teachers, professionals, organizations, parents, and school administrators to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce.

Please check out the following links or go to the LAUSD CCSS page for more information.

CA Dept. of Education:

The Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library's vast digital collections in their teaching.

Find Library of Congress lesson plans and more that meet Common Core standards, state content standards, and the standards of national organizations.