Ohio’s New Learning Standards – Overview
Ohio’s New Learning Standards consist of the following:
Content Areas Involved
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Common Core Standards (CCS)
The Common Core Standards are nationally developed learning goals. These standards involve two content areas at this time. At this time over 45 states have adopted the CCS.
- English/Language Arts
Ohio Developed Standards
The Ohio Developed Standards were created by educationally-based teams within the state of Ohio only. These learning goals apply to schools in Ohio.
- Social Studies
- Physical Education
- Fine Arts
- World Languages
- Financial Literacy
- Business Education
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Even though the pathways to the standards may be different, the general premise of all the standards is the same. They are:
- Fewer, clearer, rigorous and relevant
- Emphasize critical thinking and inquiry
- Promote application of knowledge
- Influenced by international studies
The New Standards – Instructional Shifts: What will teaching and learning look like in our classrooms?
The transition to Ohio’s New Learning Standards will be challenging for all educators and students across the state. One of the main reasons why the transition will be so challenging is due to the increase of rigor and the learning expectations within these standards. Since 2001 teachers, across the state, have focused their teaching around specific “content” or topics. The New Standards will require teachers to focus classroom instruction on the thinking “process” or “practice” of the particular content area. This is an instructional shift.
Common instructional shifts across the content areas will involve:
- Build a deep understanding of content and effectively apply learning within and across disciplines
- Craft responses based on evidence to demonstrate understanding, explain, and/or justify
- Use technology appropriately, strategically, and ethically in academic and real-world settings
- Students will become independent learners, critical thinkers, and problem solvers who can adapt, understand, and appreciate the situation of today and apply their knowledge to solve situations of tomorrow