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Illinois schools to start using the Common Core State Standards
TUESDAY, AUGUST 09, 2011 10:39 AM

This fall, students in Illinois are set to acquire problem solving skills and other beneficial knowledge as the state adopts the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), WSIL TV reported.

According to the CCSS Initiative's website, Illinois adopted the assessment guidelines on June 24, 2011. The standards are designed to help students meet specific requirements in the areas of mathematics and English language arts.

The implementation of the new curricula in the state's schools is meant to help students gain three years of experience working with the new system before 2014, when they will be tested under the CCSS, the news source stated. Supporters of the guidelines feel that they will provide an education that not only prepares pupils for college, but also help these individuals compete with students from other states.

This will be achieved as CCSS schools revise the education that they offer to students. For example, Donna Boros, Jackson/Perry Counties regional superintendent, told the news outlet that these changes will include "synthesis and some of the higher order thinking skills as opposed to memorization and recall on tests."