Ohio’s Learning Standards Extended

Ohio’s Learning Standards – Extended (OLS-E) are also commonly known as "the extended standards." These standards help to ensure that students with significant cognitive disabilities are provided with multiple ways to learn and demonstrate knowledge. At the same time, the extended standards are designed to maintain the rigor and high expectations of Ohio’s Learning Standards.

The Offices for Curriculum, Assessment and Exceptional Children have worked collaboratively since July 2011 in the creation of extensions to Ohio’s Learning Standards for English Language Arts and Math as well as the revised standards for Science and Social Studies. A committee comprised of special educators, regular educators, parents, administrators, and other stakeholders in Ohio came together in the writing of these extensions to be used for students participating in the Alternate Assessment.

On September 18, 2018, the Ohio State Board of Education adopted the revised grade level Ohio Learning Standards-Extended (OLS-E) for students that are assessed on the Alternate Assessment for Student’s with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD).  The OLS-E are specific statements of knowledge and skills linked to the expectations in the Ohio Learning Standards. The purpose of the extensions is to build a bridge that provides grade level access for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities to the content of the Ohio Learning Standards.

Documents and Resources for Ohio’s Learning Standards – Extended (OLS-E)


Ohio Learning Standards - Extended (Revised September 2018) with Learning Progressions

Ohio English Language Proficiency Standards - Extended

More Information 

The Ohio Department of Education and Workforce (DEW) offers online instructional modules for Ohio’s Learning Standards – Extended (OLS-E). Educators can earn contact hours for completing these modules, which can be accessed at Literacy Access for ALL


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