A Family's Guide to
Understanding District 59 Grade Level Outcomes
"I CAN" Statements
In 1985, Illinois adopted 34 State Goals for Learning. These were "broadly stated, relatively timeless expressions of what the State of Illinois wants and expects its students to know and be able to do as a consequence of their elementary schooling." In 1997, Illinois adopted the Illinois Learning Standards. These learning standards were specific statements of knowledge and/or skills within a goal. The standards clearly define the learning needed to reach the goal. They represent the results of schooling and thus may be considered exit (end of level) expectations. The Illinois Learning Standards are written and organized as early elementary, late elementary, and middle school standards.
Between 1997 and 1998, District 59 made the decision to carefully review the broad levels presented in the Illinois Standards and then develop Local Standards for every grade level. The Illinois Standards were organized into specific grade level standards to assist the staff in being able to discern the learning expectations for all children at that grade level in all fundamental areas of learning.
During the 1998-99 school year, staff members examined the full list of Local Grade Level Standards and determined that these standards could be summarized so they could be more easily understood by parents and teachers.
During the 2005-06 school year, District 59 staff developed "I Can" statements, describing District Standards in language students and parents can understand.
Research shows that students learn best when they are clear about what they are expected to know and do. District 59 wants your child to be successful. Please revisit this site as more subject areas will be added during the year.