What Students Should Know

teacher and student 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 performance levels.

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 website: