California kids are in for a big change next school year, and "Common Core Standards" are also putting parents to the test.

It's about a lot more than reading, writing and arithmetic. 

"Going away from the wrote memorization, teaching to the test, learning how to bubble in the right answer on a multiple choice test -- and really moving toward more critical thinking," Gabe Ross, spokesman for Sacramento City Unified School District said. 

California's "Common Core" is the new standard for student assessment starting next spring. 

Sacramento City Unified is inviting parents to make the grade.

"What those standards look like, what kids will be teaching, how'll they'll be taught. And parents will have an opportunity to do student work themselves," Ross said. 

"Common Core" is designed to make classroom learning more useful in the job market. 

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