"As we begin the 2013-2014 school year, we will continue modifying our instructional practices in mathematics and ELA (English Language Arts), but we will also begin piloting curricular units in mathematics," Newkirk said in an email.
"Based on your child’s grade, school, and teacher, your child may be involved in some of these curricular pilots," he said.
The pilots may be enrichment modules to enhance existing math instruction at the elementary level or units of mathematics instruction designed to replace existing curriculum that is not tightly aligned to the Common Core at the middle or high school levels.
A parallel group of teachers and administrators are also working on the ELA standards, but the piloting for ELA for 2013-14 will focus on changes in instructional strategies connected to school-improvement plans, Newkirk said.
To learn more about the Common Core State Standards, visit the Illinois State Board of Education. For a more concise description of the instructional shifts in the Common Core, visit Achieve the Core.