In 2010, Ohio's State Board of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards (CC) in English language arts and mathematics, and wrote new standards for science, social studies, and special subjects. Together, these standards are known as Ohio's Learning Standards. The standards guide teachers as they prepare all kinds of learners to become well-prepared for college and careers.
In 2016-2017, the Ohio Department of Education is revising the English language arts and mathematics standards. This starts an improvement process that eventually will involve all of Ohio’s Learning Standards. The revised standards will be implemented beginning in the 2017-18 school year.
Other recent changes in Ohio’s PreK-12 education system include student assessments, teacher evaluations, and school and district report cards. New Early Learning and Development Standards guide Ohio's early education system, and a Third Grade Reading Guarantee legislates that students be proficient in reading by the end of 3rd grade.
Public libraries can help students, parents, teachers, school librarians, and the community navigate the changes in Ohio's PreK-12 education system. Library staff in all areas have a role to play. Navigate the changing education landscape with definitions of Ohio education reform concepts; explore helpful resources and learning tools about PreK-12 education for public libraries; and take action at your library.