The Illinois Learning Standards for Mathematics invites us to create an environment that is steeped in what it means to be college and career ready. This is accomplished through collective efforts to design and implement coherent and rigorous math curricula, leverage effective instructional approaches, and adopt well-constructed practices and engaging assessments. The coupling of essential conceptual understanding and reasoning with critical skills and applications will ensure that our students will indeed be ready for college and the workplace upon graduation from high school.
The Illinois Learning Standards for Science, based on the Next Generation Learning Standards (NGSS) identify the practices and content that all students should master in order to prepare for future success, in college and the workplace. This approach requires students to think and reason, within the context of three dimensions, disciplinary core ideas, scientific and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts. Clearly the intent is for students to be able to apply these dimensions as they practice with real world problems and situations.
The Illinois Social Science Standards are designed to ensure that students across Illinois focus on a common set of standards and have the opportunity to develop the knowledge, dispositions, and skills necessary for success in college, career, and civic life in the 21st century. The vision supporting this design is to produce Illinois graduates who are civically engaged, socially responsible, culturally aware, and financially literate. The social science standards cultivate civic mindedness, historical thinking, economic decision-making, geographic reasoning, and psychological and sociological intellect across all disciplines and grade levels.
The Illinois Social Science Standards fall into two complementary categories: inquiry skills and disciplinary concepts. Inquiry skills involve questioning, investigating, reasoning, and responsible action while disciplinary concepts make use of social science ideas, principles, and content to pursue answers to the questions generated by student inquiries.
The Illinois Physical Development & Health Learning Standards identify what is important for students to know to be able to have active and healthy lives that will enable them to achieve personal goals and contribute to society.
The Physical Development and Health Learning Standards include six goals: movement skills; physical fitness; team-building; health promotion, prevention, and treatment; human body systems; and communication and decision-making. Comprehensive K-12 Enhanced P.E. opportunities will promote the health and well-being of students for the rest of their lives.
The Illinois Fine Arts Standards identify what is important for students to know and be able to do in the disciplines of dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts. The Fine Arts Standards address artistic literacy and artistic processes for each discipline.
The Fine Arts Standards organize learning, provide guidance on the quality of education, and reinforce best practices. In each of the Fine Arts discipline there are anchor standards with enduring understandings and essentials questions. The standards are organized by grade level, Pre-K-8, as well as introductory, intermediate and advanced levels for high school.