The official Illinois standards for mathematics are the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSS-M). The CCSS-M is the foundation of District 65’s core curriculum in mathematics. The CCSS-M raise the bar for student performance as a way to enable college- and career-readiness in the 21st century. In other words, the CCSS-M guide the way to success for our students. They define what students should understand and be able to do at each grade level or course in mathematics.
CCSS-M stress a balanced approach of conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and application of mathematics through problem solving. Effective implementation of the CCSS-M requires shifts in mathematics teaching and learning: from placing a premium on “answer-getting” to making sense of and persevering on challenging open-ended problems; from primarily working in isolation to collaborating and critiquing each other’s mathematical arguments; and from evaluating students by their standardized test scores to using performance tasks for formative assessment.
Educators throughout the district have already begun to shift to this new vision of mathematics. Our work now is to scale up this vision and implementation to all schools.
These two videos provide helpful information about the Common Core State Standards:
CCSS-M and Parent Road Maps
Below are PDF files of the CCSS-M. A PDF of the entire CCSS-M is included, but for ease of navigation, we’ve also included separate PDF files of the Standards for Mathematical Practice (K-12), and each grade level. Additional information about the Common Core State Standards can be found here.
We have also included content and grade-specific parent roadmaps developed by the Council of the Great City Schools. These roadmaps include examples of grade-level focus in the content area, sample progressions of learning across three grade levels in the Common Core, and tips to parents on communicating with teachers about their child’s work and how to support student learning at home.