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Common Core

The Pleasanton Unified School District has implemented the Common Core State Standards into all school sites. They were phased in during the 2013-2014 school year.

The Common Core State Standards provide a clear, consistent understanding of what students are expected to learn in two basic subjects -- Mathematics and English Language Arts. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills our young people need for success in college and careers.

The standards establish the skills students are expected to master at each grade level. Since the standards are clearly outlined, it is easy for educators to know what to teach and for parents to know what their students should be learning.

The intent of Common Core State Standards is to help students apply what they learn to the real world and to think critically about what they are being taught. Common Core is the application of knowledge rather than rote memorization.

For more information, please visit these informative websites:


Please see the files below for informational fliers specific to the Pleasanton Unified School District.

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is coordinated by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. The standards were developed based on input from teachers, school administrators and education experts. The revised final draft was released in June 2010.

Comparing Old to New

Crosswalks is the term used to compare the old standards to the new common core standards. Please see the files below for crosswalks for English language arts and math. The crosswalks include comparisons for all grades, K-12, so you'll need to scroll through the files to find the grade levels in which you're interested.