Common Core & Smarter Balanced
Resources for Parents
PPS: 2015-16 Materials
PPS: 2014-15 Materials
Smarter Balanced, for 11th graders: All languages
Smarter Balanced, Parent presentation
PPS: 2013-14 Materials
Council, Great City Schools:
GREAT VIDEO: Explains Common Core English & Español
Oregon Department of Education:
Common Core: English Language Arts/Literacy
Common Core: Mathematics
National PTA: Parent Guides for Student Success (K-12)
Adopted by dozens of states in the U.S., the Common Core State Standards are a set of shared K-12 learning expectations for students in English-language arts and mathematics intended to prepare students for college and career. These new content standards replaced Oregon’s former standards in English language arts and mathematics. In the Common Core standards, some content has been shifted and the level of rigor has increased to ensure college and career readiness.
Oregon adopted the Common Core in 2010 and Portland Public Schools began phasing in the new standards in 2011-12, providing professional development to teachers and aligning core curriculum.
In Spring 2015, the Smarter Balanced Assessments replaced OAKS in math and English-Language Arts. The purpose of the test is to measure how well students are mastering the Common Core.