Il Learning Standards/PARCC

The Illinois State Board of Education adopted new academic standards for K-12 education to better prepare Illinois students for success in college and the workforce in a competitive global economy. These benchmarks are known as the Common Core State Standards. The state’s previous standards were adopted in 1997. 

The Common Core State Standards aim to provide clear, consistent academic benchmarks with "fewer, clearer and higher" academic standards. Illinois developed these standards in cooperation with 47 other states.

These new expectations also pave the way for the State to replace the ISAT tests with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments. The PARCC exams will align to the Common Core State Standards and provide better information about students’ abilities to master the appropriate skills and content benchmarks for college and careers. Unlike the ISAT, which is given once a year, the PARCC tests will be given more than once during the school year. The PARCC exams will provide teachers, parents and students a clearer, more detailed picture of students’ strengths and areas that need improvement. The transition to the PARCC tests is scheduled for the 2014-2015 school year.

Click Illinois Learning Standards to get an overview of Common Core Standards and student assessments.

To learn more about the new PARCC test, visit the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) website at