Illinois Learning Standards

The Illinois Learning Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.

The Illinois Learning Standards were developed in partnership with the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers as well as the National Education Association, American Federation of Teachers, the International Reading Association, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

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  • NEA Common Core Toolkit
    NEA Common Core Toolkit was designed to give educators the tools they will need to effectively prepare for the implementation of Common Core State Standards. Full implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is scheduled for 2014. To date, 46 states have agreed to a set of voluntary K-12 state standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics, and efforts are ongoing to establish future standards for science and social studies. The goal of the CCSS is to provide a clear, consistent understanding of what students are expected to learn. They reflect the knowledge and skills required for successful entry into college and careers.
  • Common Core IL (the Core Coalition)
    Common Core IL is a project of the Core Coalition, a diverse group of organizations committed to providing the children of Illinois with the best education possible
  • Student Achievement Partners
    The Common Core State Standards are a new set of expectations designed to ensure all students achieve college and career readiness.  Forty-six states have now adopted these shared standards so their students can compete and succeed on a world stage.  This site is here to provide free, high-quality resources to educators now doing the hard work of implementing these higher standards.

    • New Tools including:   Basal Alignment Project: Free, Core-Aligned Basal revisions and New Professional Development Modules released December 11, 2012
    • Top Tools for Professional Development include:  Common Core Shifts: a 2-page summary   Where to Focus in Math by Grade,   Guide to Creating Text-Dependent Questions, Professional Development Modules
  • State Induction and Mentoring Modules
    The State Induction and Mentoring Modules introduce participants to the requirements and best practice for program design of teacher induction and mentoring.  The modules are designed for district program leaders, mentors and beginning teachers each address the Illinois Standards of Quality and Effectiveness for Beginning Teacher Induction Programs and use the Illinois Program Continuum to guide differentiation for all Illinois school districts. All materials are free but do require a log in registration.
  • Common Core Standards
    Implementing the Common Core State Standards.  Discover the Common Standards:   Mathematics and English Language Arts resources.

Links below provide valuable information for Parents: