Illinois has joined over 40 other states in adopting the Common Core State Standards which are fewer, clearer, and higher standards for students. As of October 2011, standards have been created for mathematics and English language arts. In development are standards for science and social studies. The goal of these standards is to graduate students who are ready for both college and career. Effingham Unit 40 has a committee comprised of teachers grades K-12 devoted to learning about the Common Core State Standard; analyzing the differences from the old standards to the new; collaborating with one another to ease the transition for teachers, students, and parents; and assuring alignment to the new standards in preparation for the new state assessments scheduled to begin in 2014-15. As part of the transition to the new standards, Illinois is adjusting the ISAT cut scores for the March 2013 test as well. Read a letter from Regional Superintendent Julie Wollerman regarding the new cut scores.
Our existing standards alignment documents, K-8 Academic Standards and 9-12 Curriculum Guides, are currently under construction. These documents will dramatically change over the next several years as we transition to the Common Core State Standards and the new assessments scheduled to begin in 2014-15.