IL Learning Standards / PARCC

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Illinois has joined more than 40 states in a collaborative effort to raise learning standards and improve college and career readiness for all students, regardless of where they live. The new Common Core State Standards establish clear expectations for what students should learn in English Language Arts and Mathematics at each grade level. The standards are high, clear, and uniform to ensure that students are prepared for success in college and the workforce.

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