Everyone has heard about the new Common Core State Standards on the news. Some states embrace the new standards; others are opposed to being told how to educate their residents. One thing for certain, Common Core State Standards are here, and the Big Walnut Local School District is wrapping up a four-year transition to the new standards.
During a July 2011 interview District Assistant Administrator Angie Pollock (then, Director of Academic Achievement) explained that the current Ohio Academic Content Standards, due to be completely phased out, are English Language Arts, Science, Math and Social Studies.
Pollock said the new standards coming down from the national level are Math and English Language Arts standards. The other two standards, Science and Social Studies, are transitioning into what is called Revised Ohio Academic Content Standards.
“The term Common Core State Standards can be misleading because the word State is in the title,” Pollock said during that interview. “But it means standards that will be common core standards in every state in the country.”
Other changes are accompanying the new standards. At Big Walnut High School there’s going to be more focus on course exams rather than grade level assessments, Pollock said; and assessments at all grade levels will be different, they’ll be online, as part of Ohio’s Race to the Top strategy.
With all the changes ahead, Pollock announced during the Thursday (June 12) Board of Education meeting that the school district would host a Common Core State Standards Community Event at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 15, in the Big Walnut High School Media Center.
“This event will give District residents the opportunity to hear about Big Walnut’s implementation of the new Common Core State Standards,” Pollock said. “The session will include our teachers selection of materials in preparation for the new assessments.”
Pollock said time would be available at the end of the presentation for questions and answers.