“In Support of the Common Core and the PARCC Assessments: A Joint Statement from the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the Illinois Community College Board and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission”
Historically, first-time freshmen matriculating directly from high school to Illinois two-year and four-year colleges and universities lack the readiness for college-level work expected by Illinois higher education. This lack of aligned expectations — between what students are typically expected to know at the end of high school and the content skills necessary for success in entry-level, credit-bearing classes — is illustrated by the high remediation rates at Illinois public colleges and universities, with the statewide
remedial rates approaching 50%.
The Common Core State Standards represent a benchmark of what students should know and be able to do to be successful in entry-level, credit-bearing courses. The Common Core State Standards were developed collaboratively by K-12 and college and university faculty and English/literacy and mathematics content experts (including experts from Illinois) to address this misalignment between K-12 preparation and expectations of colleges and universities.