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Common Core Standards
Teaching Enduring Skills for the 21st Century
PUSD is transforming its approach to teaching to build students’ enduring understanding of knowledge, creativity and critical thinking -- and the real-world application of classroom lessons.  
The national Common Core State Standards arrive in district classrooms in 2013-2014. Adopted by 45 states including California, the Common Core learning standards describe clearly and consistently the knowledge and skills that young people need to be successful in college and careers.

In PUSD, a teacher-driven revision of the curriculum now incorporates 21st century learning skills, the stated desires of the greater Pasadena area community for public school graduates and the formalized expectations of the common core standards. We are focusing on more than the simple acquisition of content; we are teaching students understand it and transfer that knowledge to other situations.
Although the common core standards define benchmarks in language arts and mathematics, the standards are also apply to history, science, art and physical education.

New tests used with the new standards starting in 2014-2015 will de-emphasize penciling in bubbles on multiple choice tests. Instead, essays and math word problems will assess knowledge, comprehension of academic subjects and problem-solving and writing skills.

Our Goal: PUSD graduates who

  • Think Critically
  • Communicate Successfully
  • Collaborate Effectively
  • Create & Innovate
View Dr. Brian McDonald's presentation on Common Core Standards from the 2013 State of the Schools event.

Files
 Common Core Introduction.pdf
2011 overview presentation & introduction to Common Core.
 CCSS Key Instructional Shifts.pdf
How teaching is changing.
 Transition to the CCSS - 2010-2015 visual.pdf
PUSD's transition plan for the Common Core Standards.
 CCSS - At-a-Glance.pdf
A one-page snapshot of Common Core shifts in ELA, Math, and next generation Science.
 CA's COMMON CORE STANDARDS
Find the full set of CA's adopted Common Core Standards for Mathematics, ELA & Literacy in Science, Social Studies/ History, and Technical Subjects.
To view the proposed Next Generation Science Standards, please see the section below.
 Parent Resources
Tips to support your student with 21st Century learning and the Common Core Standards. Also see links in the section below for more resources.
 Common_Core_PPT.pdf
21st Century Education and the Common Core Standards , presented by Dr. Brian McDonald at the 2013 State of the Schools event
 Cognitive Rigor - Hess's Matrix.pdf
How is cognitive rigor defined for teaching and learning? Hess' Matrix merges Bloom's Taxonomy and Webb's Depth of Knowledge levels.
Contacts
+ Chan Hill, Helen
+ Werking, Frances
Click on name to see details.

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