Educational leaders in Ohio held “Embracing the Common Core: Helping Students Thrive” on Wednesday, February 15th, to discuss the progress of standards implementation in their state. Hosted by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, the webcasted meeting featured state Board of Education members, educational leaders, and state and district superintendents.
These leaders addressed the challenges and promises facing Ohio’s educators, discussed what various state and local educational agencies have done, thus far, and what local educators can do now, in preparation for state-wide implementation. Panelists stressed the need for schools and districts to begin implementation as soon as possible, giving teachers and students appropriate time for transitioning to the new standards. They also stressed the importance of communicating with parents and community members immediately. Panelists recommended that the state send a united message explaining what the Common Core is and how it can be used to improve the current system of education by leveraging local parent-teacher organizations, the State Board of Education, and others.
The Common Core is expected to be fully implemented in Ohio by 2014, with the first round of assessments administered that year. View the webcast and access presenter slides and materials here.
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