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What The Common Core Standards Mean To North Mac High School!

Common Core Standards


Why new standards?

  • Our expectations for what students must know and be able to demonstrate were different in 1997 when Illinois adopted the current standards.
  • The new standards aim to provide clear, consistent academic benchmarks with “fewer, clearer and higher” academic standards for essential learning and skills.  The standards were developed while considering the standards of top performing countries and the strengths of current state standards.
  • The 2010 state standards provide benchmarks for academic progress (skills and knowledge) that students should have at the conclusion of each grade level.  This will allow teachers to establish the best approach to help their students meet those standards.
  • Students and parents will clearly understand the knowledge students are expected to attain each year.
  • The Common Core State Standards are designed to be relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in both college and work.



  • The Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. Illinois is a governing state in the PARCC.  The partnership involves 26 states with the goal of working collaboratively to develop common assessments.  The Partnership’s assessment system will be anchored in college and career readiness.  Students will take parts of the assessment at key times during the school year, closer to when they learn the material.


PARCC Goals:

    • Create high-quality assessments
    • Build a pathway to college and career readiness for all students
    • Support educators in the classroom
    • Develop 21st century, technology-based assessments
    • Advance accountability at all levels


What is currently underway regarding assessment?

  • A comparison of the new standards to the old standards
  • Assessment Frameworks
  • Discussions regarding accountability issues are taking place
  • Development of an interim plan is a high priority



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