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Belmont-Redwood Shores and the Common Core State Standards

In order to develop a comprehensive implementation plan for Belmont-Redwood Shores School District, a district-wide Instructional Leadership Team (ILT) has been formed. We are very pleased to have representatives from all school sites, grade levels and programs serving on our Instructional Leadership Team.The Educational Services Department is committed to working with the District's Instructional Leadership Team (ILT) in helping our district learn about, roll out, and implement the California Common Core State Standards (CCSS) efficiently and successfully.

Jammie Behrendt, Director of Educational Services, will be working with this team to ensure that all of BRSSD's educators have the information necessary to make a successful transition to these new CCSS. Implementing these standards is going to require staying current with all the information, professional development, and resources. 

 As BRSSD enters what will be a multi-year transition to full implementation, we will be updating this resource page with the latest news, links and updates on our progress as a district. Check back for more updates on the Common Core and our progress.

Mission of the Common Core State Standards Initiative

The Common Core State Standards 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.

What are the Common Core State Standards?

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were developed through a state-led initiative to establish consistent and clear education standards for English-language arts and mathematics that would better prepare students for success in the competitive global economy. 


These new standards focus on integrating academic content with skill instruction. The CCSS makes clear what students should be able to do, as well as what they should know when they graduate. All of the English/Language Arts standards at the lower grades build, or spiral, to the twelfth grade standards. It is possible to trace the development of a standard from kindergarten through graduation, at each level the work increases in complexity. The Math standards focus on "habits of mind" that students can apply at all levels of mathematics. This shift is an exciting opportunity for teachers to vertically articulate curriculum in ways not possible under the current standards.