The mission of the CA State Standards for ELA/Literacy and Mathematics is to provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.
The CA State Standards for ELA/Literacy and Mathematics creates a foundation of high academic expectations for all students by defining 21st Century Competencies, and knowledge that students should acquire at each grade level through an integrated standards-based system of education in which both academic content standards and "Habits of Mind" are an essential part of the whole. No single element ensures student achievement as each element supports the other.
The introductions to both the English language arts and mathematics CA State Standards include descriptions of 21st Century Competencies. These cognitive and psychological aptitudes are described in the English language arts standards as "Capacities" and in the mathematics standards as "Practices.". These are referred to as "Habits of Mind" which operate in tandem with the academic content in the standards. These "Habits of Mind" offer a portrait of students who will graduate socially aware, civic-minded, as literate citizens who are ready for college, career and life in the 21st Century.
Rhonda Cameron, Coordinator
Institute for Leadership Development
Angela Del Rosario, Administrative Assistant III