Alerts & Information for (Monday, January 26, 2015)
All-Day Closure
School is now CLOSED for Monday, January 26, 2015

Buildings Affected:
  • Lynchburg-Clay Local School District
  • Common Core and New Assessments

    Common Core (English Language Arts and Math) and updated Ohio Academic
    Content Standards (Science and Social Studies) for Parents.

    In June 2010, the Ohio State Board of Education adopted the Common Core
    State Standards in English language arts and mathematics, the results of a
    multi-state effort. The board also adopted more rigorous versions of Ohio's
    academic content standards in science and social studies. All four sets of
    standards will underpin teaching in Ohio classrooms by 2014-2015, but schools
    are encouraged to begin using the standards now to prepare students for corresponding
    assessments that begin in 2014-2015.

    The Common Core is a state-led effort to standardize and emphasize the curriculum taught to our students in Language Arts and Math. The following text explains a little more about the core. Please see the links at the bottom of the page for more web sites. We have also posted some documents from other sources that provide more detailed information.
    The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led
    effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best
    Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).
    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 the workforce.

    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.

    These standards 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. The standards:

    · 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.

    What is the Time line for the Implementation of the Common Core Standards?

    From 2011-2014, the Common Core State Standards for Math and
    English Language Arts (ELA) will be implemented in different stages including
    pilot assessments. By the 2014-2015 school year, the Math and ELA Common Core
    State Standards will be fully implemented and operational with accompanying Adaptive


    Next Generation of Assessments


    Ohio is among 22 states and the District of Columbia that
    are working as a consortium, called the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness
    for College and Careers (PARCC), to develop a common set of K-12 assessments in
    English and math. The assessments will be anchored in what it takes to be ready
    for college and careers, and will be ready for states to administer during the
    2014-15 school year.

    Check the ongoing progress of PARCC using the link below. Take a look at PARCC Item and Task Prototypes under The PARCC Assessment section. The prototypes provided to date represent just a beginning to the complement of items and tasks that PARCC will share over time to represent the full range of assessment tasks on actual PARCC assessments beginning in 2014-2015.

    State Developed – Science and Social Studies

    Ohio will develop assessments for science and social studies
    for an online administration to complement the computer-based PARCC
    assessments. This link ( shows examples of the question types that will be on the future assessments.

    Proposed timeline:

    Although many details are still to be completed, the
    proposed timeline for the computer-based assessments is:

    2012-13     Field Tests 2012-13 

    2014-15     Standard Setting
                      Implementation of New Assessments

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