The following resources provide background on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
Application of Common Core State Standards to Students with Disabilities [PDF]
Students with disabilities must be challenged to excel within the general curriculum and be prepared for success in their postschool lives, including college and/or careers. The CCSS provide an historic opportunity to improve access to rigorous academic content standards for students with disabilities. The continued development of understanding about research-based instructional practices and a focus on their effective implementation will help improve access to mathematics and English language arts standards for all students, including those with disabilities.
Application of Common Core State Standards for English Language Learners [PDF]
The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers strongly believe that all students should be held to the same high expectations outlined in the CCSS. This includes students who are English language learners. However, ELL students may require additional time, appropriate instructional support, and aligned assessments as they acquire both English language proficiency and content area knowledge.
Illinois Common Core State Standards Initiative
The Illinois State Board of Education has adopted new math and English language arts standards for K–12 education known as the New Illinois State Learning Standards Incorporating the Common Core. The goal is to better prepare Illinois students for success in college and the workforce in a competitive global economy.
Parents' Guide to Student Success
The National PTA partnered with experts on the CCSS to create grade by grade guides that reflect the standards adopted by more than 40 states. Individual guides were created for grades K–8 and two were created for grades 9–12 (one for English language arts/literacy and one for mathematics). Eleven guides were created in all.
Students with Disabilities and the Common Core Standards
Common Core Standards for all students in schools today requires thinking about their application for students with disabilities. How should accessibility issues be addressed—via accommodations, alternate assessments, or other means? What are the implementation challenges and opportunities, and the next steps to take in ensuring that students with disabilities benefit from the Common Core Standards?