Illinois - Content Standards: Social Studies

Social Studies
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Illinois updated the social studies standards in 2015.


The Illinois Learning Standards (ILS) define what all students in all Illinois public schools should know and be able to do in the six core areas as a result of their elementary and secondary schooling. On December 16, 2015, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) adopted amendments to rules governing Public Schools Evaluation, Recognition and Supervision (23 Illinois Administrative Code 1), which included the new Social Science Standards. The rulemaking became effective on January 27, 2016, and provides that school districts must fully implement the new standards by the 2017-18 school year. The purpose of these new, more rigorous standards is to better prepare students to be college and career ready.

Adopting Authority: 
State Board of Education
Implementing Authority: 
State Department of Education
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