Effective instruction begins with high-quality academic standards that outline what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade level. High student achievement is ensured when a district’s curriculum, instruction and assessment all align to adopted standards. A district’s curriculum describes what should be taught and is recorded in documents such as curriculum guides or maps, course syllabi, or lesson plans. The term, "instruction," refers to how the curriculum is implemented and includes teaching techniques and the use of instructional resources. The purpose of assessment is to measure students’ level of mastery of the standards. Examples of assessment include teacher-made classroom quizzes and tests, STAR assessments, and Ohio’s Next Generation Assessments.
The State Board of Education adopted Ohio’s New Learning Standards in June 2010 after working with many other states to develop them. Written by teachers, researchers, and leading experts from across the country, the standards define what students need to learn by the time they graduate in order to be successful in college or a career.
For more information about Ohio’s New Learning Standards, click on the links below.
In the years since Ohio’s adoption, OCS teachers have worked together to study the standards and decide on the best ways to implement them in their classrooms. Curriculum maps that outline when specific standards are taught were developed beginning in the 2013-14 school year. The maps for English language arts and math are being revised in the coming months to incorporate new materials purchased for those areas through district Permanent Improvement Levy funds. As they’re finalized, students, parents and the community will be able to refer to the maps on this page.
High quality instruction in OCS K-6 classrooms includes research-backed practices such as the use of formative assessment data to guide instruction, flexible groupings, explicit phonics instruction and comprehensive interventions for students experiencing learning challenges. As part of a Board of Education initiative approved by voters in 2013, iPads are issued to students in grades 7-8 and MacBook Air laptop computers are provided to students in grades 9-12. This initiative allows all students equal access to rich instructional resources and productivity tools designed to help them be successful in the 21st century work world.
For more information about some of the instructional resources used in OCS classrooms, click on the links below.