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​The Illinois Learning Standards (ILS) for math K-12 are designed to help students acquire a deep, conceptual understanding of core math content through focus, coherence, and rigor.  Focus shifts teaching/learning from a mile long and an inch deep model to a deeper, richer understanding of fewer concepts.  Coherence ensures math connections are made between grade levels and builds logical progression.  Rigor promotes the equal balance of conceptual understanding, application, and procedural skill and fluency. Rigor:  where challenge exceeds skill level.

Transitional Math Information 

Updated 2021 Transitional Math Competencies and Policies Document​PDF Document​​

Transitional Math:

Spring 2021 Portability Panel Meeting is April 14.  For more information,  please visit:  www.iltransitionalmath.org​​.

Course submissions are due no later than March 1, 2021.  More information on the portability process can be found by listening to this 5 minute videoGo To Meeting Link, or at http://www.iltransitionalmath.org.​

The Fall Portability Panel met October 28, 2020.  Course results can be found at:  iltransitionalmath.org/portability-dates-decisions/.

Questions regarding transitional math should be directed to:  TRInstruction@isbe.net​

 Math Learning Standards

The Illinois Learning Standards (ILS) in math were adopted on June 24, 2010, pursuant an American education initiative in an effort to move learning towards a 21st century skills framework and to establish student readiness for entry into college and/or career.  The standards are a result of collaborative efforts of the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and are part of the 23 Illinois Administrative Code 1 Appendix DPDF Document.

The ILS for math are designed to help students acquire a deep, conceptual understanding of core math content by adding focus, coherence, and rigor to learning.  Focus is the study of a few key concepts; shifting teaching/learning from a mile long and an inch deep model to deeper understanding of fewer concepts.  Coherence is making math connections between grade levels logical building on progression.  Rigor is the equal balance of conceptual understanding, application, and procedural skill and fluency.  These key shifts in math teaching and learning will focus on concept mastery and will allow students to build upon previous skills, create opportunities for deeper conceptual mathematical understanding and application. 

Illinois Priority Learning Standards for the 2020-21 School Year - Math​

View K-12 Math Standards (full version) PDF Document

Grades 3-8 IAR Math Evidence Statements

SAT Math Curriculum Worksheet

For Educators

 Professional Development

In education, research indicates teaching quality and school leadership are two of the most important factors in raising student achievement. For teachers and school district leaders to be as effective as possible, continuous professional learning geared to increase and expand content knowledge and enhance instructional skills is imperative to implement best educational practices. Educators’ commitment to continuous professional learning is monumental when it comes to student achievement.  Superintendents, school administrators, directors, teacher leaders, and teachers share responsibility in professional development strategies and attainment proven to strengthen educators’ performance levels.  LearningForward.org is an international association of educational leaders committed to the K-12 professional learning standards for educators and author of Why Professional Development Matters.PDF Document

Transitional Mathematics Professional Learning Opportunities

To assist in the implementation of Transitional Mathematics, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is creating the following opportunities for professional learning. 

An updated library of informational webinars will be available in January 2020.  The webinars will be approximately 10-20 minutes in length covering specific topics within Transitional Math such as overview, the pathways, advising, resources, and portability.  The webinars will be available on the state’s Transitional Math website located at http://www.iltransitionalmath.org/

In addition to the webinar series, ISBE will offer a series of transitional math professional learning modules on-line for instructors, administrators, and counselors. Professional development hours are available per request upon completion. 

ISBE is also available to provide in-person professional learning upon request with districts, teacher and curriculum leaders, community college partners, regional offices of education, and other groups such as education for employment (EFE) systems interested in learning about transitional math instruction and implementation. 

All professional learning opportunities and resources offered through ISBE are free of charge.  For additional information or to request a professional learning experience from ISBE, please e-mail TrMathSupport@isbe.net.   ​

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