Illinois Learning Standards
More and more information is now being published concerning the movement of Illinois schools across the state, including our district, in the implementation of the New Illinois Learning Standards. The newly adopted Illinois learning standards for ELA, Math and Science outline the skills and content our students must master at each grade level to continue on the path to college and career readiness. These standards include the Common Core Standards for ELA and math and the Next Generation Science Standards along with the existing Illinois learning standards for other content areas (social science, PE, etc.). Illinois is among 44 other states who have adopted the common core state standards for ELA and Math.
It is important to recognize that these standards establish what students need to learn, but not how they should learn. Decisions regarding the implementation of our grade level curricula to meet the new Illinois Learning Standards will remain local. Under these new standards, Triad educators and the Board of Education will continue to use research-based instructional practices and resources that have been in place in Triad, as well as any new resources to meet the needs of our students in our schools.
To assist your understanding with our transition to the new standards, we have compiled a list of web resources below.
Illinois State Board of Education
- Illinois Common Core Standards (ISBE Website)
- Fact Sheet: Illinois Schools Implement New ELA Standards (PDF)
- Fact Sheet: Illinois Schools Implement New Math Standards (PDF)
- Fact Sheet: ISBE Common Core FAQ August 2013 (PDF)
- Illinois Teacher Voices Website - The purpose of Teacher Voices is to share teacher stories and perspectives regarding curriculum and instructional changes as they implement the new IL ELA and Math Learning Standards. Classrooms are the heart of the educational system. The teacher perspective is invaluable to support local efforts. Please take a moment to listen to the many voices representing just a few of the classrooms around Illinois. You will hear their perspectives on the following topics: Student engagement, classroom changes, professional development, teaching styles, parental issues, and suggestions for teachers.
- A Common Core FAQ created by teachers, for teachers that include key information about the backround of the Standards, what the changes mean for students and resources wherer parents can learn more.
- Milestone Videos from GreatKids.org are short videos for parents that show what children in grades K-5 should be able to do each grade.
- Parent Roadmaps from Councilof Great City Schools (available in both English and Spanish) provide guidance to parents about what the Standards call for students to be able to do in grades K-8 in math and in ELA by the end of each grade level. the roadmaps also offer tips for parents on how to help their children at home and how to talk to their children's teachers about the Standards.
- As always, the Shifts at a Glance help explain the biggest instructional changes in ELA and math.
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