Common Core State Standards Resources

In June 2010, the CT State Board of Education adopted new curriculum standards for CT's children in English/language arts and mathematics. They chose to adopt a set of standards whose development was initiated by the National Governor's Association for voluntary adoption by states.  To date, 46 states have adopted these standards known as Common Core State Standards.

Teachers and administrators in Region 15 have been working these past two years to revise our local curriculum to ensure our instruction is meeting the expectations of the Common Core.  We continue to write our own curriculum but now have access to the work of school systems across the country as we seek to design the best curriculum and instructional program for our students.

States are also preparing to assess student performance toward these standards using a new State assessment.  The CT Mastery Test and CT Academic Performance Test are being phased out. Beginning in 2014-15, we will be administering the Smarter Balanced Assessment System to all students in grades 3-8 and 11.

Continue to watch this site for information regarding the Common Core State Standards and Smarter Balanced Assessment System.

Practice Test

Using a computer, interested parents and guardians may preview the Smarter Balanced practice tests to simulate online testing and experience how the system will assess students’ mastery of the Common Core State Standards.

Parent Guide

  • Grade by Grade Parent Guides to the Common CoreThe Council of the Great City Schools has developed content and grade-specific parent roadmaps that provide detailed information for parents about the expectations of the Common Core in English Language Arts and Literacy and Mathematics. These roadmaps include examples of grade-level focus in the content area using parent-friendly language. Links from the CT State Dept of Education.

  • Collection of short videos, for parents, of Grade K-5 students demonstrating grade-level Common Core objectives. (Source: Great Kids Milestones)

  • Parents' Guide to Student Success: An overview of what your child will learn by the end of a grade in mathematics and English language arts/literacy. (Source: The Parents’ Guides to Student Success were developed by teachers, parents and education experts in response to the Common Core State Standards that more than 45 states have adopted. Created for grades K-8 and high school English, language arts/literacy and mathematics, the guides provide clear, consistent expectations for what students should be learning at each grade in order to be prepared for college and career.