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
Assessments.

http://www.corestandards.org/

 


Next Generation of Assessments

PARCC

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.

http://parcconline.org/

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 (http://demo.tds.airast.org/ohio/) 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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