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Planning for Instruction and Assessment

The CA CCSS provide the big picture road map for California’s educators as they begin to identify what students should know and be able to do in each grade level or course. The CA CCSS-based curriculum frameworks for mathematics and English language arts will offer additional guidance to educators as they collaborate to clarify instructional learning targets for themselves and for their students.


Review the updates for the 2014 revision of the English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework


Review updates for the 2013 revision of the Mathematics Framework


When preparing for assessment and instruction, educators must analyze the CA CCSS they will be teaching and break them into instructional learning targets that form the foundation for instructional and assessment activities in daily lessons.

Instructional learning targets are student-friendly descriptions of what students are expected to know and be able to do at the end of a given standards-based lesson. These targets may be communicated using words or pictures, and when shared explicitly and in a meaningful way with students, they become clear targets on which students can focus during the learning process. Instructional learning targets also benefit the adult stakeholders in the system (e.g., parents and teachers) by providing clarity for planning, teaching, monitoring, and assessing student learning activities.