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.

External Resources

The Illinois PTA and ISBE resources for parents include guides to academic expectations for each grade in English and Spanish versions.

ISBE offers 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 classroom implementation.

Pearson, Inc. provides video clips from experts on the English Language Arts and Mathematics standards., 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.