A brief three minute video explaining the purpose of the Common Core.
Students have an opportunity to practice for the upcoming PARCC assessment
using the PARCC practice tests.
Spotlight on the Common Core State Standards – What Do Parents Need To Know?
Common Core – Real Learning for Real Life
PARCC Assessment Fact Sheet
PTA's Guide to New Assessments in Illinois
2016 PARCC Score Report Interpretation Guide for Parents
- What are the Common Core Standards?
- Why were the CCSS created?
- How are the CCSS different from the previous Illinois Learning Standards?
- How will my child be assessed on the new learning standards?
- How do I help my child now that the standards have changed?
The common core state standards set clear and consistent goals that build upon each other as children progress through each grade level. They have been developed for language arts and math, but are incorporated in all subject areas. You will also see us refer to them as the CCSS or New Illinois Learning Standards.
• Some math concepts will be introduced at lower grade levels and the instructional focus in math is narrowed at each grade level so that students can deepen their understanding of mathematical foundations.
• The learning between grade levels is carefully connected so students can build new understandings onto the foundations built in previous years.
• The literacy standards include a balance between fiction and content-rich nonfiction.
• There is an increased emphasis on rigor to prepare students for college, career, and life.
Beginning in the spring of 2015, students in grades 3-8 will participate in the PARCC assessment. This will take the place of the ISAT testing. Additionally, classroom assessments will be aligned to the CCSS, and we will continue to administer the MAP tests to all students K-8 which has been aligned with the CCSS.