COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) wants to hear feedback from parents and community members about the state’s learning standards.
ODE is updating Ohio’s Learning Standards, beginning with those in English language arts and mathematics. Those standards were put into place in 2010.
The feedback from the community is essential in ensuring the standards “reflect the most recent research and the experience of educators,” according to ODE.
The revision of Ohio’s Learning Standards in science, social studies and financial literacy will begin in late fall 2016.
ODE is collecting feedback through a survey on its website. Educators, parents and community members may submit suggestions through Tuesday, April 5.
Struthers City Schools Superintendent Joe Nohra encouraged the community to participate.
“Any feedback that they could get would be valuable to them,” he said. “I don’t see the state getting away from the Common Core and the new learning standards, but maybe as far as refinement, I think is what they’re looking at.”
Canfield Local Schools Superintendent Alex Geordan said there are times when parents bring up concerns and issues that are simply out of the district’s control. Parents can address some of those issues by taking the online survey.
“Here’s a prime opportunity for families to voice their concern, displeasure, pleasure,” Geordan said.
ODE said committees will go over the results and make proposed changes. There will then be public comment of the possible changes before revisions go to lawmakers.
ODE said so far, it has received more than 750 comments on the survey.