Educational standards describe what students should know and be able to do in each subject in each grade. In California, the State Board of Education decides on the standards for all students, from kindergarten through high school. The California Department of Education helps schools make sure that all students are meeting the standards.

In 2010, more than 40 states adopted the same standards for English and math. These standards are called the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Having the same standards helps all students get a good education, even if they change schools or move to a different state. Teachers, parents, and education experts designed the CCSS to prepare students for success in college and the workplace.

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Replacing the California Standards Tests (CSTs) is a the new Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Tests (SBAC).  This is a multi-state consortium working collaboratively to develop a student assessment system aligned with a common core of academic content standards for English language arts/literacy and Mathematics.  As a Smarter Balanced governing state, California is a decision-making member.  Smart Balanced assessments are designed to measure student progress toward college and career readiness.

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