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National/Common Core Standards & State Standards

K-12 Teaching Standards (National/Common Core and State)

Common Core
Common Core standards were adopted by Illinois on June 24, 2010. Common Core is a 42-state initiative that currently has national standards in place for 1) English Language Arts and 2) Mathematics. Additional disciplines will follow in the coming months and years. Complete implementation for the two disciplines took place in the 2013-2014 school year. For the most up-to-date information about the Common Core initiative in Illinois, access the ISBE Common Core website (Illinois State Board of Education).

Illinois Learning Standards
Text of the Illinois Learning Standards adopted on July 25, 1997. Curricular areas covered are foreign language, social science, fine arts, and physical development and health. Common Core standards now supercede the Illinois Learning Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics and Next Generation Science Standards (see below) supercede the earlier Illinois Standards for Science.

Next Generation Science Standards


Next Gen Science Standards (NGSS) were published in April 2013 and are based on the Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas developed by the National Research Council, a part of the National Academy of Science. (The report can be read online free.) Milner Library has a 2-volume publication on NGSS: Next Generation Science Standards: For States, By States.

The Next Gen Science Standards include Three Dimensions to each individual standard. It is important to read the information about the dimensions, as they have real-world application to the teaching of science through the standards.
The standards can be viewed in three ways:

1) by Disciplinary Core Idea (DCI);
2) by Topics; or
3) by individual performance expectation.

Milner Library has access to an eBook, Translating the NGSS for Classroom Instruction, that may help you translate/implement the standards for classroom use.

Stay up-to-date with implementation of NGSS in Illinois, one of the 26 lead states in the initiative, at the ISBE's NGSS website.

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