Common Core Standards
In 2010 Illinois adopted rigorous learning standards that are now being implemented
across the state. The goal of the new standards is to increase Illinois students'
preparation for success in college and the workplace in a competitive, global economy.
ISBE offers this rationale for the new standards:
- Our expectations for what students must know and be able to demonstrate are different
in 1997 when Illinois adopted the prior standards.
- The Illinois Common Core Learning Standards standards aim to provide clear, consistent
academic benchmarks with fewer, clearer, and higher academic standards for essential
learning and skills. The 2010 standards reflect standards of top performing countries.
- The 2010 state standards provide benchmarks for academic progress (skills and knowledge)
that students should have at the conclusion of each grade level.
- Students and parents will clearly understand the knowledge students are expected
to attain each year.
The Illinois Common Core Learning Standards cover the following subjects:
Next Generation Science Standards
Science and Social Studies standards are now being developed. New
assessments aligned with the 2010 standards will begin in fall 2014. See
About the Tests for information.
The Illinois PTA and ISBE resources for parents include guides to academic expectations
for each grade in English and Spanish versions.
educator resources for understanding the new standards and for organizing
the gap analysis needed to update curricula in each district.
PARCC, the consortium developing tests aligned with the new standards, provides
high-quality materials for
Pearson, Inc. provides video clips from experts on the English Language Arts and
edWEB.net, a social network for
the education community, supports groups of educators who share useful information
and resources for implementing the Common Core State Standards.
iTunes offers an app that explains the Common Core Standards in a convenient and
easy-to-follow presentation. Download this free app for your Apple mobile device and learn while
on the go.