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Ohio Department of Education Says We’re Not Going to Ditch the Common Core

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As some states waver in their commitments to the Common Core, Ohio is standing firm.

The Common Core is a shared a set of expectations for what students should know and be able to do in math and English at each grade level. All Ohio schools are supposed to be teaching the Common Core by fall 2013. Students will be tested on them starting in the 2014-15 school year.

In an email today, Ohio Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael Sawyers wrote:

We have received a few calls recently inquiring if Ohio is considering leaving the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), the consortium of 22 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands that are working jointly to develop the next generation of student assessments. We are not. We are completely committed to PARCC and deeply engaged in this important and exciting work.

In contrast to Ohio’s stance, Florida Education Commissioner Tony Bennet says he thinks it’s good for states to have backup plans in case the Common Core and its new tests fall apart.

From our colleagues at StateImpact Florida:

Bennett said he plans to report back to the board next month. That report will include a date for the agency to make a go/no-go decision on Common Core and PARCC [the new Common Core standardized tests] for the 2014-2015 school year. It will also include “Plan B” alternatives.

“I don’t want this to imply…to mean PARCC won’t happen,” Bennett said. “But I do believe it’s good management to consider what we’re going to do around a Plan B if PARCC gets delayed, or if for some reason PARCC doesn’t come to fruition.”


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  • http://www.facebook.com/doug.fabens Doug Fabens

    Another paradigm to explore could be each student (we’re presuming a child) co-designing with h/h parent(s), h/h teacher(s), and education-related entities like public media, libraries, (free) online instruction (like The Khan Academy on YouTube), etc., self- and home-instruction, enrichment, study-skills and continual-(educational)-process-improvement modes and concepts in such a way that the “Common Core” and day-to-day schoolwork becomes just one of, not The Only, stream of knowledge(s) & skills to be acquired & mastered. By the time a child gets to middle school, or at the latest, high school, h/h would potentially have become semi-skilled self-educator and knowledge glutton.

  • Disgusted in Ohio

    Of course they won’t ditch it! There is alot at stake, as in FEDERAL DOLLARS up for grabs! Sure they will teach our children anything the gov. wants them to teach so long as that happens! Shame on all of you involved. My nine yr old grandson has already noticed that all the Teachers care about is getting the test right. He was just stating a fact. I was totally amazed at his observation. Shame on the ODE for allowing this, and not putting more faith in the Teachers, by allowing them to teach the children they way they should be taught. Without the one shoe fits all students tactics.

  • CCSSI Terrible for Ohio

    CCSSI is a nightmare. Members of its own validation committee refused to sign off on the ELA & Math b/c they were substandard compared to other English-speaking nations. Proponents would know this had they thoroughly vetted it b/f signing onto it mere weeks after it was written. Absolutely no innovation at the local level (the Core is a national, copyrighted curriculum and only allows for 15% content deviation – which will never be tested b/c it will never be measured). What sheer arrogance of the State Board & Legislature to think that the only reason a one-size-fits-all federal education plan hasn’t worked before is because THEY haven’t been the ones to implement one. This further enslaves our children and what good teachers we have left.

    We should have billboards posted on our borders:
    “Welcome to Ohio: The Stuck on Stupid State (Indiana’s just around the corner)”

    Someone get the lights on the way out…

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