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Concepts and Skills Review Curriculum Support


As per the CWCS Curriculum Policy, all students in grades Kindergarten through twelve (K-12) will be provided and use Concepts and Skills Review Materials at their grade level.  Although Concept and Skills Review curricula alone is not intervention curricula, it can be used as a foundation to assist parents in scaffolding student’s instructional level concepts to student’s grade level concepts in order to close academic gaps and bring a student to grade level. Training is available for ESs and Parents to assist with scaffolding strategies.


We encourage families to use quality, state adopted curriculum along with the CA State Common Core Standards to ensure content mastery.  


Families who choose not to use the state adopted curriculum must use CWCS approved concepts and skills review curriculum to ensure content alignment to state standards and to fill in gaps that non-state adopted curriculum may have. 


The following programs have been approved by CWCS for Concepts and Review and in most cases, can be provided at no or reduced cost to your Education Specialist’s instructional funding budget for your student.   


On Core Mathematics (Publisher: Houghton Mifflin; Ordering Vendor: Rainbow Resource) is a complete program for aligning to State Standards with interactive, real-world applications that help students deepen their understanding of crucial math concepts, while addressing the content standards and the Standards for Mathematical Practice. This program allows students to not just “do the math” but also to “understand and explain” their math.

Each bundle order comes complete with a Student Edition and a Teacher Edition (TE). See below if TE is not needed.


Common Core Coach ELA and Math (Publisher: EPS School Specialty) Grades 1-8


Common Core Coach is fully informed and comprehensive. It will serve perfectly as your instructional base throughout the school year.


  • Clear lessons include expectations for reading, writing, speaking, and language conventions
  • Anchor standards set the instructional path toward College and Career Readiness (CCR)
  • Teacher's Manual include robust support for every lesson
  • Assessments monitor progress and help direct extra support


  • Interactive examples include pictorial representations and scaffolded instruction
  • Mathematical terms highlighted throughout the student text are defined in a glossary
  • Teacher's Manual contains Clear Learning Objectives for every lesson
  • Assessments monitor include a balance of multiple choice, open-ended items, and performance tasks


The complete instruction offered for all Common Core State Standards for each grade, 1 through 8, adds depth, understanding, and practice at different stages. Your students will focus on and learn the most important content, while you're armed with precisely the tool you need to help kids succeed.


Ready Common Core Reading and Math Instruction (Published by Curriculum Associates) Grades 1-8

Ready Common Core Mathematics

Ready Common Core Mathematics helps teachers create a rich classroom environment in which students at all levels become active, real-world problem solvers. Through teacher-led instruction, students develop mathematical reasoning, engage in discourse, and build strong mathematical habits. The program’s instructional framework supports educators as they strengthen their teaching practices and facilitates meaningful discourse that encourages all learners.

Ready Common Core Mathematics:

  • Encourages students to develop a deeper understanding of mathematics concepts through the embedded Standards for Mathematical Practice
  • Builds on students’ prior knowledge with lessons that make connections within and across grade levels and directly address the major focus of the grade
  • Ready Mathematics 6–8, ©2020 Edition provides additional features for supporting English Learners, such as: 
    • English Language Development guidelines on scaffolding language use during instruction to benefit students at different levels of English proficiency
    • Language routines that integrate language and mathematics
    • Concept development activities that allow students of varying mathematical and English language abilities to build on familiar concepts


Ready Common Core Reading

Ready Common Core Reading’s rigorous yet supportive content is proven to make today’s demanding standards reachable for all students. Its complex, authentic texts engage students in opportunities to practice close reading strategies across a variety of genres and formats.

Ready Common Core Reading instruction uses a consistent Read, Think, Talk, Write model in which teacher-led discussion and small group collaboration are central to student achievement. Lessons scaffold to build students’ confidence as they develop important critical thinking and analytical skills. Students are immediately engaged by the variety of real-world source texts, from literature and poetry to blogs and news articles.

Ready Common Core Reading supports students and teachers with a wealth of on- and off-grade level resources. The program:

  • Develops sound skills and strategies for reading comprehension
  • Supports a balance of on-grade level and differentiated instruction
  • Provides in-the-moment teacher support to guide teachers and help them build students’ reading habits
  • Connects instruction to the Common Core State Standards across K–8 for a coherent path within and across grades


Study Island Grades TK-12 (Computer Aided Instruction)

We all know that practice is important, but how much do students need to truly support skill mastery? With Study Island, the guess work is gone. Research validated by the Marzano Research Group proves that by using Study Island for just 30 minutes of practice a week, students show significant growth.


Founded in 2000, Study Island, an Edmentum product, helps students in kindergarten through 12th grade master state-specific, grade-level academic standards in a fun and engaging manner. Study Island combines rigorous content that is highly customized to specific state standards in math, reading, writing, science, and social studies with interactive features and games that engage students and reinforce and reward learning achievement. Our online suite of products uses technology to transform education. All of our programs are designed to create a very user-friendly experience for students and teachers.


Moby Max Grades TK-8 (Computer Aided Instruction)

MobyMax was founded in 2010 with the goal of closing learning gaps for all students. Today, in over 83% of K-8 public schools and growing, MobyMax is doing just that.


MobyMax includes 115 modules covering all grades and subjects between kindergarten and eighth grade. MobyMax’s four award-winning solutions—Differentiated Learning, Quick Checker, Interactive Class, and Real Rewards—set MobyMax apart from all other edtech products and competitors.


Education Galaxy Grades TK-6 (Computer Aided Instruction)

Education Galaxy provides award-winning online assessment for students to help prepare them for state testing. Education Galaxy is built 100% to your state standards and provides a highly-engaging and amazingly effective way for students to master all their state standards. Education Galaxy is a great tier 1 solution for practice, instruction, and assessment.


            iReady Computer Adaptive Instruction (CAI) Grades K-8 (Can only be used as Concepts and Skills Review if student places at grade level on Diagnostic Assessment)

 i-Ready Standards Mastery provides flexible assessments designed to measure specific grade-level standards. Built to map to our scope and sequence, Standards Mastery allows educators to quickly identify when reteaching or remediation is needed as standards are covered across the year. The program’s intuitive reports visualize student performance on recently taught material and highlight misconceptions that may prevent students from making progress.


Additional Resources

The following information can also help parents understand more about the California State Standards. 


What are the biggest ideas in Common Core? The biggest ideas in Common Core come in these “big shifts” in instruction.  We encourage all Parent-Teachers to begin incorporating these shifts into their instructional methodology:

  • Increased and Integrated Technology (starting with computer navigation and typing in Kindergarten; reminder: 3rd graders will be expected to type a full page essay in a single sitting);
  • Rigor and Relevance (the new standards are more focused to allow time to go deeper in understanding);
  • Text Complexity & Expository Text  (quantitative, qualitative and student task);
  • Increased Writing (Consider My Access online writing program)


Professional Development and Parent-Teacher Training:

CCSS CDE Professional Learning Modules for Educators

Common Core Facts vs Fiction


Practice CAASPP Assessments:

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) has placed online for public access a set of practice tests for grades three through eight and grade eleven. Practice tests are available in both English-language arts and mathematics for each grade. The practice tests are available on the California Department of Education (CDE) Smarter Balanced Practice Tests Web page and include test questions with the same features that students will experience each spring. Online access to the practice tests will not require a unique username and password, so we can use them for teacher training as well as discussions with parents. There will be no immediate scoring of the tests, but scoring keys will be made available later in the year. We encourage ESs, parents and students to view the practice tests.