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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.

 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. 

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

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.

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.   ​

Classrooms in Action

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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