Common Core en Illinois students underperform on state standardized tests <div>Newly-released results say Illinois students did not score as well on this year's standardized tests. But as IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, officials say that's because they've made the tests tougher.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many parents could see scores that say their child is not meeting state standards.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The number of students meeting or exceeding Illinois' </span>benchmarks<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test dropped from 82 percent last year to 62 percent this year.</span></p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 11:44:16 +0000 Brian Mackey 11751 at Illinois students underperform on state standardized tests Misconceptions of "Common Core" standards <div>As Illinois schools continue implementing the new "Common Core" educational standards, the changes are drawing criticism. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, Illinois' top educator says that's because of a misconception.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Common Core curriculum has been in the works for years. Illinois adopted it in 2010. It's meant to provide clear achievement standards in language and math at every grade level.</span></p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 18:23:52 +0000 Brian Mackey 11711 at Misconceptions of "Common Core" standards Central Illinois students and education changes <p>As central Illinois children get ready to head back to school, the environment they find in their classrooms continues to change. IPR's Charlie Schlenker reports on the ongoing implementation of new learning standards:</p><p></p><p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 18:56:20 +0000 Charlie Schlenker & Peoria Public Radio 10626 at Central Illinois students and education changes