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 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 that now are available, the work of updating the Model Curriculum is currently ongoing and will provide additional resources to help educators learn about, and begin using, the revised standards.
To give districts time to align instruction and resources, Ohio allows them until the 2020-2021 school year to fully implement the revised 2018 Ohio’s Learning Standards for Science. State tests aligned to the standards will commence in the 2020-2021 school year.
Ohio's Learning Standards for Science (adopted 2010)
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 until the 2020-2021 school year.
Ohio's Learning Standards and Model Curriculum for Science (adopted 2018-2019)
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.
Additional Resources for Understanding Ohio’s Science Learning Standards and Model Curriculum
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