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.
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
Ohio Model Curriculum and Resources
Edutopia - Resources for Understanding the Common Core State Standards
ISBE Classrooms in Action - Resources to Support CCSS Implementation
The Partnership for 21st Century Skills
More About Standards
English Language Arts
CCSS - Shifts for parents and students (EngageNY)
Parent information on Common Core Standards (ISBE)
Parent guides for grades K-8 (ISBE)
Common Core State Standards: An Introduction for Families and Other Stakeholders (Aspen Institute)