Common Core in Illinois:
Illinois Common Core Learning Standards

At the beginning of the 2013–14 school year, Illinois’ previous academic standards were thrown out and replaced by the Common Core State Standards. The advance of the Common Core in Illinois is also marked by collaboration between secondary and postsecondary schools to create a streamlined curriculum from high school through college.

Common Core Implementation Status

1. Teacher Professional Development
2. Curriculum Guides
or Instructional Materials
3. Teacher Evaluation

New Curriculum

State designs frameworks

State provides frameworks

State designs guides

State provides guides

Local districts only

New Assessments

PARCC member

SBAC member

ACT Aspire

Developing own CC-aligned assessments

New Expenditures

New expenditures required to implement the Common Core

Current annual education expenditures

Race to the Top Phase 2 award

(State is a Race to the Top recipient.)

Education Database Status

P-20 development required by state law

State is capable of having a P-20 database

State has access to homeschool students’ data

In 2009 the Illinois state legislature mandated that the infrastructure for a P-20 database be developed.

Potential Impacts on Homeschooling

State currently requires homeschoolers to take state-prescribed tests and report their scores

Homeschoolers must file notice of intent to homeschool

Common Core Legislation

HB 0543 was filed in August 2013 and is currently making its way through the Illinois legislature. The resolution urges lawmakers to delay the implementation of the Common Core standards both to review the untested nature of the standards and to analyze how the state will shoulder the cost of implementation. SB 3092 amends the P–20 Longitudinal Education Data System Act, limiting access to student information.


Local Action Groups

Advocates and Opponents in Illinois

Representative Kay
Opposes CC

Representative Pihos
Opposes CC

Representative Leitch
Opposes CC

Representative Mitchell
Opposes CC

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Updated: 6/2/2014