The Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools are voluntarily integrating the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) into our rich tradition because we view the standards as being in the best interest of the children and families we serve. At this point, we are beginning the professional development and implementation of core subjects: Mathematics and ELA. The webpage is designed to provide resources to support the adoption.
Going Beyond the Core: Questions and Answers about Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools and the Common Core
Additionally, here is the new Common Core Catholic Identity Initiative website, as well as statements from the National Catholic Educational Association and the Superintendents of Catholic schools in the State of Illinois about the CCSS.
The CCSS standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs. The standards:
- Are aligned with college and work expectations;
- Are clear, understandable and consistent;
- Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills;
- Build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards;
- Are informed by other top performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society; and
- Are evidence-based.