In June 2010, the State of Ohio adopted Ohio's Learning Standards (OLS) in English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. These more rigorous standards are aligned to college and career readiness expectations for our students' future.
Ohio's Learning Standards consist of:
-Common Core Standards for English language arts and math.
-Ohio Department of Education's new standards for science and social studies.
From the summer of 2010 until the 14-15 school year, the Rocky River City School District transitioned to Ohio's Learning Standards and prepared for the Next Generation Assessments.
HOW DID THE STANDARDS CHANGE?
-from "mile-wide, inch-deep" to "inch-wide, mile-deep"
-deeper study of fewer topics
-memorization/recall replaced with evidence and application
-literacy integrated across the curriculum
HOW DID OUR CLASSROOMS CHANGE?
- Across the district, teachers focused on bringing literacy into their classrooms.
- We infused technology into our classrooms with the introduction of google apps, chromebooks, iPads, and a BYOD initiative (at RRHS).
- We focus on our students providing evidence of what they know, and not simply recalling a memorized list of what they know.
- We provide students with real-world applications of what they are learning.
WHEN DID THESE CHANGES HAPPEN?
While the Ohio Legislature and Department of Education slated full implementation of OLS to take place for the 2014-2015 school year, the RRCSD transitioned its curriculum and instruction from 2010 to 2014. In our school district, you did not recognize a drastic change in 14-15 because we chose to transition over several years rather than wait to "change it all" in 14-15.