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Ohio's New Learning Standards
Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K–12 education careers so that they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing, academic college courses and in workforce training programs.

CCSS have been developed in mathematics and language arts for grades K–12, and they have been adopted the majority of all states thus far.


More about the Common Core in general:

  • How were the CCSS developed?

The CCSS are the result of an initiative coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers.

Common Core State Standards Initiative


  • Why? What is the importance of the CCSS?

The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and for the workforce.

Ohio Department of Education


  • What are the benefits of the CCSS?

The standards are informed by the highest, most effective models from states across the country and countries around the world, and provide teachers and parents with a common understanding of what students are expected to learn. Consistent standards will provide appropriate benchmarks for all students, regardless of where they live.

The CCSS:

  • are aligned with college and work expectations;

  • are clear, understandable, and consistent;

  • include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills;

  • build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards;

  • are informed by other top performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society; and are evidence-based.

Council of Chief State School Officers


  • Why? What is the importance of the CCSS?

The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and for the workforce.

Ohio Department of Education

Watch a series of videos about the Common Core State Standards


The CCSS for math in general:

  • focused, i.e.: there are fewer standards at each level allowing students to go deeper in an area, and

  • coherent i.e.: each level’s rigorous and critical ideas are built upon the previous level’s rigorous and critical ideas

The CCSS for math are internationally competitive and incorporate research-based practices towards true mathematical understanding.

Standards for Mathematical Practice, which include important processes and proficiencies in becoming mathematicians, are present at all grade levels.

Students develop Algebra Readiness by the 8th grade.

State PTA:

http://www.ptacommoncore.org/

http://www.ptacommoncore.org/Portals/7/OPTA%20Commn%20Core%20Powerpoint.pdf

http://www.ptacommoncore.org/Portals/7/PTAHSMoh.pdf

New Test Info

Student Participation in State Testing

Per the Ohio Department of Education, state and federal law requires all students to take state tests. If a parent would like his or her child to opt out of state testing, there are direct consequences for the child and school.
 
Consequences to the child:
  1. A student who does not take the Grade 3 reading test will not have a score on that test and may be retained. 
  2. A student who does not take the Ohio Test of English Language Acquisition cannot exit the English as a Second Language program. 
  3. A student who does not take and pass the Ohio Graduation Tests will not receive an Ohio high school diploma. 
  4. Districts may have additional consequences such as the student being retained in any grade when a student does not take state tests.
Consequences to the school and district:
  • Student participation on state tests is included on the Ohio Report Card for districts and schools and to meet the federal No Child Left Behind regulations.
As with previous state testing policy, the new assessments only provide limited access to student data to vendors who will support test administration, scoring and reporting of results. (See PARCC website for more details)
 
There is no state assessment opt-out form. For more information on opting out of the assessments, parents should contact:

Mrs. Karen Moore
Director of 21st Century Curriculum
Orange City School District
32000 Chagrin Blvd
Pepper Pike, OH 44124
 
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