Common Core State Standards

Each student in the state should be equipped with the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to pursue higher education and enter the workforce of tomorrow. A world-class education is a necessity as we become more of a global economy in which our students compete with peers around the state, across the country and around the world for the jobs of tomorrow.

This multi-state initiative establishes year-by-year guidelines outlining the skills and content our students must master at each grade level to continue on the path to college and career readiness. The Common Core standards are fewer, higher, and deeper than the Illinois Learning Standards in providing greater strength in preparing students for today’s and tomorrow’s careers.