New Learning Standards for Kindergarten

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - State officials are unveiling a new set of learning standards for Illinois' kindergarten students.

The standards are a list of knowledge and skills that all students in public schools are expected to know and be able to do.

Illinois State Superintendent Randy Dunn says the standards unveiled today are the product of a four-year collaborative effort between the board, more than 500 teachers from around the state and other educators.

Last year, almost 148-thousand of the state's children attended kindergarten, which is optional in Illinois.