The California Content Standards

In the State of California at each grade from Kindergarten through 12 there are specific content 'standards' for each subject area. These standards are what drives the curriculum. In fact, the standards are what the children are tested on! Unbelievable, as it may seem, children at Kindergarten DO have content standards, too. (Yes, what was once thought of as the 'milk, fingerpainting, and naptime program of Kindergarten is now long-gone. Now, Kindergartners take tests and are even expected to read, write, and do arithmetic!)

At the Back-to-School Night meeting in September, families received Mrs. S-S' booklet that included a condensed version of the Kindergarten content standards for Mathematics & English/Language Arts, based on what the Santa Ana Unified School District requires for the Kindergarten student. The standards are based on the State's content standards. The California standards for Science and History Social/Sciences were included in their entire form.

For a complete set of the standards from the California Department of Education, please click on California Content Standards. Each framework can be downloaded either as a PDF or a Microsoft Word document.

  • The Mathematics Frameworkwas revised and updated in 2005.
  • The English-Language Arts Framework was adopted in 1997.
  • The History-Social Science Framework was adopted in 1998.
  • The Science Framework was also adopted in 1998. Science is a very important content area which integrates mathematics and higher-level thinking skills, as students make connections and form concrete associations between science and the study of nature.
Note: In the state of California, every seven years, a new 'adoption' of materials goes into effect. The adoption is for a specific content area. The rotation each year allows for each content area to have its own concentration for that particular year. In the 2008-09 school year, the district is implementing new mathematics curricula based on the newly-adopted math framework. If you have questions regarding the content standards, please contact Mrs. S-S. She happens to work with the California Department of Education as a reviewer of instructional materials...

AR Book Find

I bet YOU have your own 'AR' books at home or have been checking some out at your own public library! 'Accelerated Reader' books are simply those that have the special quizzes to go with them. Check to see if your book book is listed under the AR Book Find. You can find the reading level and more!

Contact info

You may contact Mrs. S-S via email if you have questions: email Mrs. S-S