Common Core

Arise Academy in Dayton is now closed, and former leaders of the school have been convicted of federal crimes.
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The Ohio Department of Education has selected a new standardized test for next year to replace the exam known as Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). PARCC is the exam tied to the Common Core standards, and it was first put into use in Ohio during the 2014-2015 school year. Lawmakers included wording in the new state budget banning the assessment.

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It’s the second year of Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee. All third graders are required to pass a reading test Tuesday in order to move to fourth grade—but not everyone is happy with this new system.

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Fifteen school districts in Ohio would be allowed to develop and administer their own standardized tests under a federal waiver being prepared by state education officials.

The request being drafted this week by the Ohio Department of Education would launch an Innovative Learning Pilot aimed at addressing growing concern among parents, teachers and policymakers about state-administered assessments rolled out last month. Some parents concerned with the Common Core curriculum and testing fairness joined a national opt-out movement.

Putting the Technology Behind Ohio’s New Standardized Exams to The Test

Feb 23, 2015
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Over the next month, Ohio's students will be taking a new batch of standardized testing aligned to the Common Core, the math and English standards adopted by the majority of the country. This year, state officials initially planned for the test to be delivered strictly on a computer, but only about 60 percent of students will take a portion of the test that way.

Just a few days before the beginning of the new exams in Lancaster, an hour outside of Columbus, the district’s elementary curriculum coordinator Sarah Westbrooks is stressed.

State testing under the new Common Core standards starts next week and school officials are expecting very low scores.

The effect the results could have on teachers, students and districts is unclear.  

Huber Heights City Schools District Superintendent Sue Gunnell said the school board might request an additional property tax levy in May.
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Voters in Huber Heights said no to a school levy for sixth time earlier this month. The Huber Heights City School District is stretching to cover the cost of Common Core.

District Superintendent Sue Gunnell says an extra $4.4 million a year would have meant 14 additional teachers, and the school needs new books and supplies to help teach the Common Core standards. 

“We have not been able to update our instructional materials for quite some time,” she said.

Common Core Debate Hits Pause As Leaders Push In New Directions

Sep 8, 2014

More than a hundred people have participated in the argument over a repeal of Ohio’s current education standards called the Common Core. Now at least one leader would like to see the debate take a slight change in course.

The Common Core was created by a group of education experts from around the country, including Ohio. The state adopted the standards in 2010, and school districts implemented them starting this year, with full implementation and testing set to roll out in the 2014-2015 school year currently udnerway.

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Business and education groups are expected to be in Columbus this week to defend the state’s Common Core curriculum in house hearings.

House Bill 597 would repeal the K through 12 educational standards, which are set to go into effect this school year—opponents see the standards as federal overreach. But business groups like the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce have been on board ever since Ohio passed its version of the standards in 2010.

Governor John Kasich made a campaign stop in Beavercreek Tuesday.
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Protesters met Governor John Kasich on a campaign stop in Beavercreek Tuesday to ask him to repeal the Common Core curriculum, although Kasich is unlikely to support that effort.

Common Core Curriculum Debated In Columbus

Aug 19, 2014
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The set of education standards known as Common Core is under attack just as schools around Ohio begin to implement it. Hearings began this week on a bill to repeal the standards in Columbus.

The Common Core is a set of benchmarks created by a group of education experts from around the country, including some from Ohio, in 2010. The standards were then adopted by the state along with more than 40 others.

Robert Hill, superintendent of Firelands Local Schools in Lorain County, says a great deal of research went into crafting the standards.