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Common Core Resources: Textbook & Publisher Resources

A guide to National University Library's resources for the Common Core State Standards

Common Core Textbook Publishers

Below is a sampling of publishers who have developed textbooks aligned to the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics, English/Language Arts, and Literacy in these content areas: History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects.


Cengage Learning

Discovery Education Enslow Publishing

Follett Education Services

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

McGraw-Hill Education

Pearson Education

English & Language Arts


English Language Learners        







History / Social Studies

World Languages









CCSS in California

The State of California adopted Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and English & Language Arts in August, 2010. These are scheduled to be fully implemented by 2015. Common Core does not dictate curricula, but it sets goals for K-12 classrooms that emphasize depth over breadth.

The ELA Standards address reading and writing across the curriculum and provide direction for teachers of history, social studies, science and technical subjects to strengthen learning in these areas by infusing reading and writing as tools through which students acquire and show mastery of content. The ELA standards complement, but do not replace, content area standards. In fact, the standards focus on literacy in history/social studies, science and technical subjects. The standards complement rather than replace content standards in those subjects.

The California School Boards Association (CSBA) has produced a number of resources to assist governance teams as they implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in their district or county office of education. On the CSBA CCSS Web page, you will find the Governing to the Core series, fact sheets, webcast recordings, and other publications.

In addition, California’s county offices of education are good sources of information and resources to support the transition to the CCSS.

An Idiot’s Guide to the Common Core: California Schools Adopt New Standards
Common Core State Standards: Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions about the Common Core State Standards

Adopted Materials: CA

 A list of state adopted instructional materials for Kindergarten through Grade 8 is available on the California Deptartment of Education website; however, local education agencies may choose to use instructional materials that have not been adopted by the state board.

There are no state adoptions for Grades 9-12. Local governing boards have the authority and responsibility to adopt instructional materials for use in their high schools for grades nine through twelve.

CA Instructional Materials FAQs

Supplemental Materials: CA

It will take a number of years to develop new curriculum frameworks and instructional materials aligned to the CCSS. In the interim, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) has invited publishers of instructional materials to submit supplemental instructional materials that bridge the gap between programs currently being used by local educational agencies and the CCSS.

In 2012, teachers and content experts recruited by the SSPI and the SBE reviewed the materials for alignment to the CCSS, and the CDE has posted on its Web site a list of supplemental instructional materials designed to bridge the gap between existing programs and the CCSS. You may download the Final Report on the 2012 Supplemental Instructional Materials Review.

CA Common Core State Standards: FAQ

K-12 Textbook Publishers

Pearson, McGraw-Hill, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt are the three main school textbook publishers. They capture 85% of the K-12 core textbook market.

Publishers for subjects like art, music, foriegn language, and books for technical and vocational schools make up the rest of the core textbook market.