Science

Ohio's Learning Standards (adopted 2010)

The State Board of Education adopted the more rigorous Ohio’s New Learning Standards: Science as part of Ohio's Learning Standards for academic learning. The Ohio Department of Education advised Ohio classrooms to fully adopt the Ohio's Learning Standards for kindergarten to grade 12 by 2014-2015. Ohio is now basing its state assessments on these standards.
  • Click HERE to view Ohio's Learning Standards for Science adopted in 2010

Ohio's Learning Standards (revised 2018)

Ohio educators, many of whom engage daily with Ohio students, drove the process to make improvements to Ohio’s Learning Standards for Science as part of a periodic review. In many cases, the changes reflect instruction already taking place in Ohio’s classrooms. The clarifications in the revised standards will guide districts in modifying, but not replacing, their existing local curriculum, instructional plans and materials. In addition to the information available now, the Department of Education will be providing additional resources to help educators learn about, and begin using, the revised standards.  These resources—the Model Curriculum (i.e., Content Elaborations, Expectations for Learning and Visions into Practice) and Instructional Supports—are currently being revised to support the approved standards. 

To give districts time to align instruction and resources, Ohio allows them until the 2019-2020 school year to fully implement the revised Ohio’s Learning Standards for Science. State tests aligned to the standards will commence in spring 2020.​

Additional Resources for Diverse Learners

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

The Next Generation Science Standards were released by Achieve April 9, 2013. Ohio continues to review the NGSS document for the purpose of identifying related resources and strategies that schools can use to support Ohio’s Learning Standards in Science, which began serving as the foundation for Ohio’s State Tests in Science in 2014-2015.

Last Modified: 10/11/2018 3:49:23 PM

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