Twin Rivers Answers and Resources

What Do New Standards Mean For Twin Rivers And For My Child?

We have always aligned the written, taught and tested curriculum. This means that we use the standards as a basis for what students are supposed to know and be able to do.

The new standards place more emphasis on real-world application and understanding of materials, and less emphasis on basic memorization and test-taking skills. Students will better learn how to analyze and understand why an answer is correct in order to be able to explain why they have reached a particular solution to a problem. These are skills that are critical to success in college or a career.

A behind-the-wheel driver’s test requires an individual to demonstrate that he or she has moved beyond simply memorizing the rules of the road to being able to apply knowledge to a real-life experience. In the same way, the new standards will require students to demonstrate that they can independently apply multiple knowledge areas to solve complex problems.

How Will My Child Be Assessed On The New Standards?

Student assessments are not new and for many states, including California, taking assessment tests online will become standard. California assessments are being developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). Schools in Twin Rivers are already preparing to transition to a computerized testing model, and parents interested in seeing what such assessments will look like can visit:

The Smarter Balanced Sample Items Try a sample test!

Parent Resources

K-8 California's Common Core Standards Parent Handbook (doc; 2MB) This handbook, created by the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) in consultation with the California State Parent Teacher Association (PTA), gives parents an introduction to California's CCSS and a summary of what students are expected to learn as they advance from kindergarten through grade eight. Manual Para Padres de Familia (doc; 3MB) Estándares Comunes de California para kindergarten a octavo grado Parents' Guide to Student Success: A guide, available in English and Spanish, for the CCSS in grades K-8 and two for grades 9-12 (one for English language arts/literacy and one for mathematics) created by the National PTA. Council of Great City Schools Parent Roadmaps: Common Core State Standards by grade level Shifts for Students and Parents: (New 8-Aug-2012) EngageNY has created a practical guide that provides steps that parents can take to improve their child's learning of the CCSS.