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Common Core State Standards

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Illinois adopted the Common Core Standards in 2010 and teachers and administrators across the state fully implemented the new standards during the 2013-14 school year.

Today’s students are preparing to enter a world in which colleges and businesses are demanding more than ever before. To ensure all students are ready for success after high school, the Common Core State Standards establish clear, consistent guidelines for what every student should know and be able to do in math and English language arts from kindergarten through 12th grade. ... read more >>

Standards for Mathematical Practices by grade level and content area


Illustrative Mathematics

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Illustrative Mathematics, launched in late 2011, is a collaborative community of over 15,000 educators dedicated to the learning of K-12 mathematics. In addition to a large community of users, the Illustrative Mathematics advisory board consists of representatives of organizations such as the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM), the National Governors Association and many other leaders in mathematics education. The growing community builds expertise through the development, critique, and revision of tasks.

All published tasks are freely available online in addition to being available as downloadable PDFs. You can search for tasks by grade or by domain, or by using a key word search. In addition to tasks, Illustrative Mathematics also publishes illustrations of the standards for Mathematical Practice and video illustrations of the progressions within the Common Core.

Search for tasks, lesson plans, and curriculum modules

National Science Teachers Association

The Next Generation Science Standards emphasize the use of science and engineering practices to teach critical science content and introduce the concept of three-dimensional learning. Start with some basics about the standards. more>>


Principles and Standards for School Science

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

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Principles and Standards for School Mathematics outlines the essential components of a high-quality school mathematics program. It calls for and presents a common foundation of mathematics to be learned by all students. ... read more >>

Principle and Standards for School Mathematics

International Technology and Engineering Educator Association

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The International Technology and Engineering Educators Association is the largest professional educational association, principal voice, and information clearinghouse devoted to enhancing technology education through technology, innovation, design, and engineering experiences at the K-12 school levels. Its membership encompasses individuals and institutions throughout the world in over 45 countries with the primary membership in North America. more>>


Next Generation Science Standards

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Illinois is among the 26 lead states that have worked collaboratively to update science standards, called Next Generation Science Standards, under the guidance of Achieve, Inc. These internationally-benchmarked standards provide a new vision for K-12 science and engineering education and set the stage for a significant shift in how those subjects may be viewed and taught in Illinois and across the nation.

View the NGSS for each grade K through 5, Middle School (6-8), and High School (9-12), or download a PDF in: Disciplinary Core Area (DCI) |  Topic Arrangements

Parent Teacher Association

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The National PTA's Parents’ Guides to Student Success were developed by teachers, parents and education experts in response to the Common Core State Standards that more than 45 states have adopted.

Created for grades K-8 high school English language arts/literacy and mathematics the guides provide clear, consistent expectations for what students should be learning at each grade in order to be prepared for college and career. Each guide also includes tips and activities that parents can do at home to support their child's learning.

Links to PDFs: Four page Parents' Guides to Student Success by grade K through 8 and High School, Color | Black & White