Common Core Standards

45 states adopted the Common Core State Standards.

Illinois adopted the Common Core State Standards for math and ELA in June 2010 to be fully implemented across the state.

The standards determine what educators should teach, not how it should be taught.

The Common Core's higher standards and emphasis on applying knowledge to real world situations will better prepare Illinois students for the challenges facing them after high school graduation.


1. Creates consistent academic expectations for each grade level across the states

2. High school graduates are better prepared for college and/or career success

3. Allows student achievement results to be compared across the states

4. Requires classroom instruction and assessment to reflect 21st century reality

What is different in the new standards?


1. Four strands: reading, writing, speaking and listening, language

2. Balance of literature and informational text

3. Focus on non-fiction, careful rereading

4. Informational text should be 50% by 4th grade


1. Biggest shift from the Illinois Learning Standards

2. Problem-solving

3. Use of real world examples to better understand the concepts

4. Learn more about fewer concepts.

5. Focus on skill-building, accuracy and speed.

PARCC Assessment

ISBE raised ISAT performance expectations on the 2013 test to better align with more rigorous and robust standards.

The new expectations do not mean that our students know less than they did before or are less capable than they were in previous years. Instead, ISBE is raising the bar on how well students are prepared to meet college and career readiness benchmarks. The new expectations pave the way for the PARCC assessment to replace

ISAT. The transition is scheduled for 2014-15.

The PARCC assessment will align to the Common Core State Standards and will provide information to ensure that students are mastering the appropriate skills and content benchmarks for college and careers on an annual basis.

The new assessments will provide teachers, parents, and students a clearer, more detailed picture of students' strengths and areas for improvement.

Common Core Standards Background Information

Illinois is one of 45 states that have adopted the common core standards for English Language Arts (ELA) and Math in June of 2010. The new learning standards are designed to create clear, consistent expectations for what all students should learn at each grade level to prepare them for college and career. The Standards are (1) research and evidence based, (2) aligned with college and work expectations, (3) rigorous, and (4) internationally benchmarked.

The common Core State Standards will provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so that teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them.

With students, parents, and teachers all on the same page and working together for shared goals, we can ensure that students make progress each year and graduate from school prepared to succeed and build a strong future for themselves and the country. The Common Core State Standards are designed to be relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in both college and work.

And the best understanding of what works in the classroom comes from the teachers who are in them. That's why these standards will establish what students need to learn, but they will not dictate how teachers should teach. Instead, our teachers will decide how best to help students reach the standards.

The Common Core Standards can be viewed at

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