Understanding the Common Core State Standards
New Standards for Illinois - Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
The CCSS have been adopted by 46 states and the District of Columbia and were collaboratively developed by many state and educational organizations. (For additional information on the development of the CCSS, please see Reports to the Board of Education in October 2012, February 2013, and October 2013: Wilmette Board of Education)
District 39, along with all districts in the state, is in a transitional period as we revise our curriculum to align with these new standards for mathematics and English language arts (ELA). To accomplish this, we use our methodical process of curriculum review, with math completion anticipated by fall of 2014 and English language arts anticipated for fall of 2015. We always appreicate parents as partners in the education of children. Below you will find a variety of resources designed to familiarize parents with the Common Core State Standards and ways to help your child at home.
Common Core Guides for Parents
CCSS Reference Articles
District 39 Curriculum Maps
Our Roadmap Design for Learning
The Illinois State Board of Education designates the learning standards for all schools in the state. Districts then develop their curricula to follow these standards. District 39 Curriculum is our roadmap for student learning. Our curriculum includes concepts, skills, contexts, applications, and assessments and is designed around learning standards.
Typically each curricular area is reviewed every six years in a process that includes:
Recent curriculum reviews have included Science (K-8), Fine Arts (K-8), Performing Arts (K-8), Mandarin (5-6, with 7-8 in progress), and Social Studies (anticipated completion Spring 2014).
Curriculum maps are the written documents for each subject at each grade level in Wilmette Public Schools. Timing and sequence of each unit of study is determined by the individual teacher based on the needs of the students in his/her particular class. Classroom teachers may address some goals separately and may integrate others into broader, thematic units of study. Curriculum topics may also be covered in a different sequence than they are listed.
Additionally, the classroom teacher will adapt the curriculum creatively during the year to meet the needs of each child. Opportunities to enhance the social and emotional growth of students will be offered along with the academic and related arts areas.
These downloadable documents are in PDF format, and may be viewed with Preview (on a Mac) or with Adobe Reader (any platform).