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 English Language Arts Learning Standards

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 conceptsPDF Document. The Common Core ELA standards set a level of high quality, rigorous expectations for all students which emphasize application of knowledge to real world situationsPDF Document and prepare students for the challenges of college and career.

 Professional Development

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Classrooms in Action is a small team of content specialists who develop K-12 resources for classroom teachers on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education. On this page you will be informed of resources in the various areas including the content areas, learning supports, technology, family engagement and more. Illinois has thousands of classroom teachers who work incredibly hard to educate our students in communities statewide. Their goal is to ensure all teachers have multiple ways to access resources.

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