Ohio earns a grade of “B” for K-12 science standards according to Fordham Institute study
Release date: 1/31/2012
“Fordham’s assessment of Ohio’s science standards reinforces our commitment to preparing Ohio’s children to pursue careers and compete and win against anyone, anytime and anywhere in the world,” said Stan Heffner, Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction. “Rigorous expectations, especially in the STEM subjects, are essential to restoring Ohio’s economic standing.”
Fordham’s critique found that Ohio has comprehensive standards that create a strong foundation in the early grades and increase expectations with each advancing grade level. Ohio also received high marks for the clarity of its standards. Areas for improvement cited in the report include adding more specific content in high school physics and life science sections and reducing the overall length of the standards so they are more user-friendly.
Issued by the Ohio Department of Education in 2011, Ohio’s Academic Content Standards and Model Curriculum in Science were developed by both advisory and working committees consisting of practicing scientists, primary, secondary, and postsecondary educators with the goal of improving the content and rigor to better reflect expectations of universities and employers.
The full report from the Fordham Institute can be found online at www.edexcellence.net. Ohio’s assessment begins on page 141.