Common Core State Standards
This week’s blog shares a recent letter Philanthropy Ohio sent to members of the Ohio General Assembly.
Dear General Assembly member,
Philanthropy Ohio, a respected statewide association of over 200 foundations, corporate giving programs and other individuals and grantmaking organizations who give millions of dollars each year to support improved education, continues to play a leadership role in the critical issues affecting education in Ohio. Our goal is substantial improvement in the education and lives of children and adults across our state. For this very reason, we strongly support Ohio’s adoption of New Learning Standards, including the Common Core State Standards.
As we noted in our recent education report, Preparing Students for Success in Life, the new standards are:
- Aligned to college and work expectations and teach students what they need to know to succeed in life;
- Clearer, deeper and more focused to allow teachers to better individualize instruction to meet the needs of all students;
- Set more challenging expectations for students and teachers but allow for flexibility at the local level;
- Built upon strengths and lessons of Ohio’s current state standards;
- Informed by other top performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in life;
- Implemented locally, with curriculum and textbook selections being made entirely by educators in Ohio’s communities; and
- Evidence- and research-based.
Philanthropy Ohio and its members have been strong supporters of Ohio’s new learning standards, accompanying assessments and the new A-F school report cards. In making this transition to the new standards and assessments, we know there will be confusion and concern about these new more challenging expectations and assessments, but we urge you as policymakers, to continue to support the on-going work that is taking place in classrooms, schools and districts to ensure our students are prepared for success in whatever they choose to pursue after high school.
If you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Suzanne T. Allen, Ph.D.