New learning standards proposed
Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria recently presented proposed changes to Ohio’s science, financial literacy and social studies learning standards to members of the House and Senate education committees. Read more
Computer science an alternative to selected math, science courses under new law
Gov. John Kasich (R-Westerville) recently signed House Bill 170 – legislation that adds computer science instruction as an option to several of the prescribed subjects in the state minimum high school curriculum – into state law effective March 22, 2018. Read more
KRA usefulness debated as part of education “de-reg” legislation
A wide-ranging de-regulation education bill introduced in Oct. by Senator Matt Huffman (R-Lima) has been subject to great debate as hearings have been held by the Senate Education Committee. Read more
Debate continues over State Board’s role, responsibilities
A recent opinion editorial authored by a former senior advisor to Gov. John Kasich, Jai Chabria, recommends restructuring the State Board of Education. Read more
OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seal announced
Ohio high school students can now earn recognition by showing they are prepared to contribute to the workplace and their communities. Read more
MathCON participation benefits students
It’s not too late to participate in MathCON 2018, with online competition scheduled for Jan. 22 to March 2.
MathCON is a nonprofit national mathematics organization recognized for its annual math competition for students in grades five through 12, with more than 200,000 student participants since 2008. Last year alone, 50,000 students participated, with 576 advancing to the finals in Chicago.
Registration is open to all public, private, charter and home-schooled students. One school registration allows for participation by an unlimited number of students, or single students may register as individuals.
MathCON enjoys support and participation from academic scholars across the nation including Northwestern University, University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin and other prestigious universities. Learn more and register at www.mathcon.org
State Board recommends elimination of selected assessments
Six months after State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria proposed elimination of several state assessments based on the recommendations of an advisory committee, the State Board has endorsed and recommended elimination of the English end-of-course exams for high school students and the WorkKeys assessment for career tech student to the General Assembly.
DeMario’s original recommendations also included elimination of the fourth-grade social studies exam and the American government end-of-course exam, which were written into state law through the biennial budget bill (H.B. 49) enacted last year.
Pre-school digital learning resources available
The Ohio Department of Education recently announced that parents and educators now have a new resource to help three- to five-year-old children prepare for school through the INFOhio Early Learning Portal.
The easy-to-navigate site contains more than 50 websites and applications chosen and evaluated by educators and librarians with expertise in early learning and literacy.
The portal helps pre-school children: learn letters, numbers and basic knowledge; interact with other children and adults; engage in meaningful play; and, develop focus and problem-solving skills. Learn more here
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