What Students Should Know
The Illinois State Board of Education has adopted the Illinois Common Core Learning
Standards for K-12 education to prepare Illinois students for success in college
and the workforce in a competitive global economy. These standards incooperate the
Common Core State Standards developed in cooperation with 47 other states. Starting
in 2014-2015, students will take new tests to measure achievement of the more rigorous
standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics.
The Illinois Common Core Learning Standards link below takes you to an interactive
version of the standards, which are now being implemented statewide. Other links
provide information about assessments that will continue through spring 2014.
Classroom Assessments Over 900
classroom assessments, with scoring rubrics that measure students' progress toward
the Learning Standards have been developed by Illinois educators. All assessments
are linked directly to standards and to performance descriptors. These materials
also contain sample student work to illustrate how work is evaluated on the four
Content Strands are subsets of test
items from ISAT tests that are aligned to the Learning Standards and broken out
separately to assess student learning in fundamental subareas within each Standard.
For example, vocabulary skills and comprehension in reading, or algebra and geometry
in mathematics. The strands allow teachers to evaluate students' grasp of the developmental
building blocks of learning. Click the CS link to see the strands and number of
test items on each for each subject: reading (4 strands), math (5 strands), and
science (5 strands). To see how students in a given school or district performed
on the content strands, go to the ISAT results page for that school or district
and click on "Content Strands" in the Test Results bar. IIRC also reports content
strand results at the individual student level in the student reports available
to educators in their school data (secure access required).
In the Classroom provides an array
of resources for application in instruction, including Item Analysis Summaries,
the library of Standards Aligned Classroom (SAC) lesson plans developed by teachers
on past SAC teams, and links to classroom assessments, and sample test items for
ISAT and PSAE.
For more information, visit these resources at the Illinois State Board of Education