The Illinois State Board of Education has adopted new Math and English Language Arts standards for K-12 education known as the New Illinois Learning Standards Incorporating the Common Core.

  • What are educational standards?

Standards are lists of expectations that help teachers make sure their students have the skills and knowledge they need at each grade level.

  • What is the Common Core?

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort to provide a single set of clear standards for English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics.

  • Will every grade have new standards?

Yes, there will be new ELA/Math Standards in grades K-12.

  • Why English Language Arts and Math?

English Language Arts and Math were developed first because they teach skills which students build upon for other subjects.

  • Will my child’s teacher be doing anything different?

Teachers will be preparing their lessons with the new standards in mind and working with the students to help them achieve expectations.

  • Will expectations of my child change?

Students will be learning based on new standards, however, changes will be made gradually. Teachers will be working to make sure students are prepared for the next level, including new standards when appropriate.

  • Where can I learn more?

The National PTA has produced a guide to student success in High School English/Language Arts based on the Common Core State Standards:


The National PTA has produced a guide to student success in High School Math based on the Common Core State Standards:


This three minute video is designed to explain the reasoning behind utilizing common standards and gives background information on why the National Governor’s Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers joined forces to develop the Common Core State Standards:

The new standards are designed to insure that all students are college and career ready when they leave high school.  The document below offers a clear explanation of what is meant by being college and career ready: