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Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Materials

Curriculum Information

BRSSD Getting Ready for the Common Core State Standards

California has joined a national movement to adopt common standards and assessments for English Language Arts and Mathematics. Adopted in August 2010, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were developed to prepare K-12 students for college and career readiness. The CCSS address the content areas of English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. Additionally, the Common Core ELA standards include literacy standards for History-Social Studies, Science and technical subjects. These internationally benchmarked standards provide a progression of knowledge and skills from Kindergarten through 12th grade that prepare students to graduate from high school and be ready for college and careers. The CCSS standards can be accessed via the California Department of Education’s website at:

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.

Jennifer Kollmann, Director of Educational Services, will be working with this team to develop a timeline for professional development, as well as the actual training modules that will be used to ensure that all of BRSSD's educators have the information necessary to make a successful transition to these new CCSS. Click here for more information on the Common Core and to access our District webpage which has updates and links for parents and staff:

Schedule for Curriculum Framework Development and Adoptions of K-8 Instructional


Note: Assembly Bill X4 2 (Chapter 2, Statutes of 2009-10 Fourth Extraordinary Session) signed on July 28, 2009, suspended the process and procedures for adopting instructional materials, including framework revisions, until the 2013-14 school year. Senate Bill 70 (Chapter 7 of the Statutes of 2011) extended that suspension until the 2015-16 school year.

SBAC Sample Performance Assessment Items Now Available

The sample items and performance tasks can be accessed from the Smarter Balanced website at

On October 9, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) released an online set of sample assessment items and performance tasks. Developed in collaboration with educators and content experts, the sample items and tasks are meant to help teachers, administrators, and policymakers better understand the Common Core State Standards and prepare for the implementation of the Smarter Balanced assessments.

"The Smarter Balanced sample items and performance tasks provide an advance look at the types of questions students will encounter when the assessments are implemented in the 2014-15 school year," said Joe Willhoft, Ph.D., Executive Director of Smarter Balanced. "Educators can use them to begin planning the shifts in instruction that will be required to help students meet the demands of the new assessments."

Belmont-Redwood Shores' Textbook Adoptions


Core Curriculum Area

Textbooks and Instructional Materials

Year of Adoption

Reading/Language Arts

Houghton Mifflin:  Reading  



McGraw Hill: Everyday Mathematics  




Delta Education: Full Option Science System for Kindergarten through 5th grade 


History-Social Science

Grades K-5, Pearson Scott Foresman: Scott Foresman History/Social Science for California 


Foreign Language




Grades K-5 Children's Health Market:  Great Body Shop   



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