Last year (2010) the State of Illinois adopted new standards in mathematics. They are referred to as the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics. The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy. What is exciting is that all but 6 states have adopted this new curriculum. Illinois is a charter member of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) which will develop and oversee the assessment of the new standards. For more information on PARCC visit their website www.achieve.org/PARCC . For more information on the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics visit www.corestandards.org .
How will this affect classes at East?
Students and parents may notice a change in the material taught and the process by which it is taught. Course offerings and sequence may change to meet the requirements of the standards. Fill implementation is expected by 2014 with a new assessment in place by fall of 2014.