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Race to the Top funds will help Illinois launch Common Core State Standards

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2011 11:58 AM

Recently, the U.S. Department of Education announced that seven states, including Illinois, will receive a select portion of the $200 million Race to the Top Round 3 fund. This money aims to improve student achievement by launching various K-12 reforms.

According to the Green Bay Press Gazette, Illinois will receive $42 million in funding, the most of the seven states from the program. A spokeswoman from the state Board of Education told the news source that this large share of money will mostly go towards ensuring that all school districts in Illinois are compliant with the new state education standards.

However, the remaining money will be put towards efforts to ensure state schools follow the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). This national initiative aims to ensure that all schools across the country are teaching students the same topics at the same time in both mathematics and English language arts.

The CCSS' website states that Illinois adopted the program in June 2010. Currently, only nine U.S. states and territories have not adopted the CCSS.