21% of Illinois' college freshmen aren't ready for college-level work and spend their tuition gaining remedial skills they should've received for free in high school.
Learning standards have not been updated in Illinois since 1997 and the world has changed a lot since then. These new standards will ensure that our students are better prepared for college and the workforce by emphasizing more complex content and the development of real-world skills like problem solving, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity. The standards began to be introduced into classrooms in the fall 2012, with all districts required to fully implement the standards by fall 2013. New, updated, and more effective assessments will start in the fall of 2014.