ILS Social Science Standards College and Career Readiness

Illinois Learning Standards

Social Science

Updated 10/18/16

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.


Section 27-22 of the School Code was amended by Public Act 99-434 and Public Act 99-485 to require the completion of at least one semester of civics education in order to graduate. The requirement is effective for students entering grade 9 in the 2016-17 school year and thereafter.

Social Science Standards