IEA VIVA Idea Exchange™
Along with many other states who want to increase the amount of content students learn in high school, Illinois adopted the Common Core-aligned Illinois Learning Standards in 2010 and joined the national effort to create better assessments, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).
This spring, Illinois students took the accompanying PARCC assessments for the very first time. Created to “promote critical thinking and concept mastery,” the Illinois Learning Standards and their accompanying PARCC assessments were designed to keep implementation decisions at the local level, giving teachers and administrators the freedom to write their own curricula and lesson plans.
However, Illinois still needs teachers to help define and communicate its approach to student assessments in a way that is both useful to teachers and informative to the public. This is a perfect chance for teacher voice to make a positive impact on education policy, and for teachers to increase their influence in Illinois.