The Illinois Learning Standards (ILS) in math were adopted on June 24, 2010, pursuant an American education initiative in an effort to move learning towards a 21st century skills framework and to establish student readiness for entry into college and/or career. The standards are a result of collaborative efforts of the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and are part of the 23 Illinois Administrative Code 1 Appendix D.
The ILS for math are designed to help students acquire a deep, conceptual understanding of core math content by adding focus, coherence, and rigor to learning. Focus is the study of a few key concepts; shifting teaching/learning from a mile long and an inch deep model to deeper understanding of fewer concepts. Coherence is making math connections between grade levels logical building on progression. Rigor is the equal balance of conceptual understanding, application, and procedural skill and fluency. These key shifts in math teaching and learning will focus on concept mastery and will allow students to build upon previous skills, create opportunities for deeper conceptual mathematical understanding and application.