Ohio's Learning Standards and Model Curriculum for Science
Ohio educators, many of whom engage daily with Ohio students, drove the process to make improvements to Ohio’s Learning Standards for Science and Model Curriculum 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 curricula, instructional plans and materials. In addition to the standards and model curriculum, the work of updating the instructional supports for each grade/course is currently ongoing and will provide additional resources to assist educators in their daily instruction of standards-based science content.
Ohio's Learning Standards and Model Curriculum for Science (adopted 2018-2019)
The State Board of Education adopted Ohio’s Learning Standards for Science as a part of Ohio’s learning system. The Ohio Department of Education’s state assessments are based on these standards effective with the 2020-2021 school year.
Instructional Supports for Ohio's Learning Standards and Model Curriculum
The instructional supports are intended to provide resources that can be used by educators to:
• Increase their own content/pedagogical knowledge;
• Choose high-quality materials for use with students;
• Incorporate disciplinary literacy into instruction;
• Make connections within and across disciplines;
• Identify and address common misconceptions/naïve thinking;
• Attend to equity issues in order to address the needs of diverse learners;
• Locate databanks and other primary sources.
The resources listed in these document are provided to enhance planning, instruction and assessment and are not mandatory. Local districts are responsible for crafting their local curricula and identifying appropriate instructional resources and materials. These supports are curated by Ohio educators. These documents are intended to be fluid in nature and feedback on the usefulness of any of the materials it contains is greatly appreciated. The Ohio Department of Education encourages educators statewide to submit best practice instructional strategies to be added to the instructional supports. The Department will review these submissions and update the instructional supports on a regular basis. Please send suggestions and comments via email to the Department’s Science Team.
Additional Resources for Understanding Ohio’s Science Learning Standards and Model Curriculum
Curriculum analysis documents provide a tool to closely review current instructional resources to ensure alignment with the expectations of Ohio's Learning Standards and Model Curriculum for Science.
Instructional implications documents are intended to provide an overview of the most significant shifts in content or instructional focus between the 2010 and 2018 standards. Teachers or district teams are encouraged to examine these changes more thoroughly using Ohio's Learning Standards and Model Curriculum for Science. Advanced science courses at the high school level are not included in these documents because there were limited changes to the content in those courses.
Ohio Science Standards Gap Analysis
The Science Standards Gap Analysis is created to assist educators in preparing instruction for the upcoming academic year. It will illuminate any gaps in learning that may exist for students from the prior year.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) were released by Achieve on April 9, 2013. The structure of Ohio’s Learning Standards for Science is significantly different from NGSS, but the research that provided the framework from which each were developed is the same. Both sets of standards address similar science content, skills and ways of thinking. Many of the related resources and strategies designed for use by NGSS can be useful when implementing the Ohio standards. Teachers are encouraged to use NGSS to support classroom instruction.
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