Illinois adopted the Common Core Standards for ELA in 2010, and teachers and administrators across the state implemented the new standards during the 2013-14 school year. Many schools have successfully aligned the new ILS into their curricula and continue to refine instructional practices to improve student achievement and prepare students for not only the next grade level, but life after high school.
The Illinois Learning Standards (ILS) for English Language Arts (ELA) establish clear and coherent expectations for what students should know and be able to do at each grade level. By emphasizing depth over breadth, the ILS for ELA ensures students are provided
comprehensive understanding of key concepts. The Common Core ELA standards set a level of high quality, rigorous expectations for all students which
emphasize application of knowledge to real world situations and prepare students for the challenges of college and career.
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