Introduction to the Learning Standards


Ohio’s Learning Standards for K-12 World Languages and Cultures

Ohio’s Learning Standards for K-12 World Languages and Cultures represent a research-based approach to language learning that prepares learners to use their language proficiency and intercultural competence to communicate effectively in a global society. Their implementation in world language programs around Ohio will help prepare students to be successful in both college and the workplace.


Guidance for Implementing the Standards

This resource contains research-based information to help Ohio educators better understand and implement Ohio’s Learning Standards for K-12 World Languages and Cultures.

2022 Guidance Document (coming soon)

2013 Guidance Document

The guidance document includes:

  • Overview and philosophy of Ohio’s Learning Standards for World Languages
  • College and career readiness
  • Technology and digital learning
  • The importance of intercultural communicative learning and use of the target language
  • Proficiency and research-based proficiency targets
  • Assessment in the world language classroom
  • Considerations for classical languages and American Sign Language

Previous Learning Standards


Glossary of World Language Academic Terms

Explanations of the terminology used in the learning standards, in the model curriculum and in instructional practices in the world language classroom.

2022 Glossary coming soon
2013 Glossary of Terms


Model Curriculum Development Committee Members (2013)

The 2013 Model Curriculum Development Committee was composed of twenty-one Ohio teachers, representing a broad range of languages, districts, demographics and language levels.  Committee members worked with the Ohio Department of Education to develop the framework for the Model Curriculum, gathered and vetted resources from world language teachers and stakeholders across the state, and provided feedback for all components of the Model Curriculum.

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Pursuant to ORC 3301.079 (B) (3) and 3313.60, it is the responsibility of Ohio's local boards of education to vet and approve curriculum and educational materials for use in the public schools within their district. The use of any materials posted or linked to on the Ohio Department of Education website, including materials within Ohio’s Learning Standards or Appendices or any state model curricula or other educational resource material, is entirely up to the discretion of each local board of education.