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The California Academic Content Standards


Featuring Documents Adopted by the State Board of Education

  The Standards  
Student picture   Quick reference by content area

Select standards by content area
  download the complete files

links to download standards files

Printed publications can be purchased from CDE Press Educational Resource Catalog.

The Curriculum Frameworks

English language arts framework

math framework

science framework

history framework

Reading-Language Arts
(1,309 K)

(1,777 K)

(4,500 K)

History-Social Science
(1,400 K)

Additional documents available for
Foreign Language, Health, Physical Education, and the Visual Performing Arts

How are the Curriculum Frameworks developed in California?

The Standards-Based Instructional Materials
(Adopted by the State Board of Education)

English-Language Arts K-8

Mathematics K-8


History-Social Science


Where can I get information about California's instructional materials adoptions?

The California Standards-Based Tests

English-Language Arts


Grades 5,9-11 Blueprints

History-Social Science
Grades 8,10-11 Blueprints


STAR Test Items - Public Release


The Standardized Testing and Reporting Program (STAR)
The Academic Performance Index (API)

The California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE)



California Education Links

California Charter Schools Governor's Professional Development Initiatives - AB466 (Strom-Martin)
Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)
Special Education Office of the Secretary for Education
DataQuest State Board of Education
Ed-Data California Department of Education
California School Directory
National Center for Education Statistics California Education Code
Links to other states  

Education Reform References, News Services, and Organizations

Ravitch: Left Back: A Century of Failed School Reforms. Touchstone Books; ISBN: 0743203267; (2001)   The Education Leaders Council
Hirsch: The Schools We Need (and why we don't have them) Anchor Books; ISBN: 0385495242; (1999)   The Center for Education Reform
Stotsky (ed.): What's At Stake in the K-12 Standards War: A Primer for Educational Policy Makers. Peter Lang Publishing; ISBN: 0820444901; (2000)   National Center to Improve the Tools of Educators
Cromer: Connected Knowledge Oxford University Press; ISBN: 0195102401; (1997)   National Council on Teacher Quality
McEwan: Angry Parents, Failing Schools. Harold Shaw Pub; ISBN: 0877880190; (1998)   American Board for the Certification of Teacher Excellence
Moe (ed.): A Primer on America's Schools. Hoover Inst. Press ISBN: 0-8179-9942-6; (2001)   Mathematically Correct
Walsh: Teacher Certification Reconsidered: Stumbling for Quality
Appendix - and - Rejoinder
  The Education Gadfly
Evers (ed.): What's Gone Wrong in America's Classrooms. Hoover Inst. Press Publication. ISBN: 0817995323; (1998)   California Education News
Ballou & Podgursky: Teacher Pay and Teacher Quality. W.E. Upjohn Inst. ISBN 0-88099-176-3; (1997)
Klein: A brief history of American K12 Mathematics Education in the 20th Century   Education Next
Metzenberg: Science Education and Systemic Reform - and - Reading - the most important science process skill.   1999 CSUN Conference on Standards-Based Education

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Department of Biology
California State University Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St.
Northridge CA 91330-8303