New for Illinois-Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

The CCSS have been adopted by 46 states and the District of Columbia and were collaboratively developed by educators, experts, parents and administrators to improve educational outcomes for students across the country reflecting both our aspirations for our children and the realities of the classroom. The Common Core State Standards came about by a state-led effort to establish a shared set of clear educational standards for English Language Arts and mathematics. In June of 2010 the state of Illinois adopted the Common Core State Standards. These standards are designed to ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to go to college or enter the workforce and that parents, teachers and students are benchmarked to international standards to guarantee that our students are competitive in the emerging global marketplace. Educational standards help teachers ensure their students have the skills and knowledge they need to be successful by providing clear goals for student learning.

Common Core State Standards will help ensure that students are receiving a high quality education consistently, from school and state to state. Standards do not tell teachers how to teach, but they do help teachers figure out the knowledge and skills their students should have so that teachers can build the best lessons and environments for their classrooms. Standards also help students and parents by setting clear and realistic goals for success. These new standards are a first step and a key building block in providing our young people with a high-quality education that will prepare them for success in college and work. Standards are not the only thing that is needed for our children's success, but they provide and accessible roadmap for our teachers, parents and students.

The new CCSS put a greater emphasis on reading informational text (non-fiction) and writing informative, explanatory and evidence based argument pieces across all curriculum areas. The new standards are challenging and designed to be relevant to the real world and providing students with skills that they need for success in college and careers.

This spring students in grades 3-8 will take the ISAT test that will be aligned to the new Common Core State Standards.

Beginning in the Fall of 2014 our students will no longer take the ISAT assessment. The ISAT will be replaced by a series of assessments developed by Partnership for Assessment of Reading for College and Careers (PARCC). PARCC is a 23 state consortium working together to develop next generation K-12 assessments in Language Arts and Math. We will keep parents informed about the new assessments as information is made available. For more information visit the PARCC website at www.parcconline .org.

District 158, along with all districts in the state, is in the transitional period of learning the CCSS and implementing the new standards in classrooms. Below you will find a variety of resources designed to familiarize parents with the Common Core State Standards and ways to help your child at home.

Parent Guides to CCSS

Parent Roadmaps English Language Arts (English)

(Council of the Great City Schools)

 

 

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Parent Roadmaps Mathematics (English)

(Council of the Great City Schools)

 

 

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Parent Roadmaps English Language Arts (Spanish)

(Council of the Great City Schools)

 

Kindergarten

Grade 1

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Parent Roadmaps Mathematics (Spanish)

(Council of the Great City Schools)

 

 

Kindergarten

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National PTA Parent’s Guide to Student Success


 

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 CCSS Reference Articles  Common Core Videos   

 

CCSS Tips for parents

 

 

School Improvement Network

 

 

Common Core Myths v. Facts

 

 

Three minute Video on Common Core State Standards

 

 

Common Core State Standards: Shifts for Students and Parents (engageNY)