Learning Standards

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Illinois State Standards help educators and parents understand the essential knowledge needed by 21st Century learners so they are career and college ready.  The resources listed below provide access to detailed information about not only the nationally-developed Common Core Standards, but to the English Language Arts and Mathematics standards, which are central to the CCS.  Materials to help parents understand the new standards to enable them to be partners in the education of their children. 

Standards-Summary Books

Downloadable Illinois Learning Standard books are available for each grade level. 

Common Core Standards

Introduction to the Common Core Standards

iTunes University Course (Common Core Shifts) - developed by a group of classroom teachers to explain the shifts in ELA/Literacy and Mathematics required by the Common Core. Presented in partnership with The Coucil of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), they showcase a combination of materials from this website as well as additional curated resources and interactive activities. These courses were designed to provide a robust self-learning opportunity for individual teachers and to offer high-quality, credible materials that can be used to support professional learning communities in schools.

Landing Page for CCSS (ISBE)

The Teaching Channel

Aligning Materials and Curriculum (Achieve the Core)

Background and Overview of the CCSS

Background and Up-to-Date News about the CCSS

Capture the Core newsletters (by Grade Level)

Common Core Professional Learning Services

The professional learning series is a tool designed to help district personnel facilitate and maintain the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

Common Core State Standards Initiative website

Edutopia - Resources for Understanding the Common Core State Standards

ISBE Classrooms in Action - Resources to Support CCSS Implementation

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills