Illinois Learning Standards

The Illinois Learning Standards

The Illinois Learning Standards define what all students in all Illinois public schools should know and be able to do as a result of their elementary and secondary schooling.

Why do we need standards?

Among the reasons we need standards are:

  • To set uniform high expectations for all students;

  • To provide a basis for equal opportunity to learn;

  • To communicate to students, families, and educators the intended results of schooling;

  • To ease transitions for students who move from school to school and from grade to grade;

  • To specify exactly what will be assessed in order to return more useful information about student achievement;

  • To identify what students must know and be able to do

The Illinois Learning Standards establish clear and consistent goals for learning that will prepare our children for college and the workforce. These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate from high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs. The Standards are (1) research and evidence based, (2) aligned with college and work expectations, and (3) rigorous.

Read the standards.

Are there standards for other subjects?

Yes, the Illinois State Board of Education have State Standards for fine arts, world languages, physical education and health, science, and social studies. Click here for more information on the Illinois Learning Standards.