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Why We Care

It's no secret that today's economy is becoming more competitive. To sustain Ohio's success and improve the outlook for our citizens' futures, we must ensure that our students are ready for college, career, and life.

Here are just a few more glimpses into the challenge we face:

  • More than one in five high school graduates do not meet the minimum academic standard required for Army enlistment, as measured by the AFQT, or Armed Forces Qualification Test (Education Trust).

  • In spring 2013, nearly one-quarter of Ohio school districts reported that their curricula were fully aligned to the Common Core; the remainder indicated that the work was well underway (Thomas B. Fordham Institute).

  • According to one of the nation's largest teacher unions, 75 percent of its members support the Common Core (American Federation of Teachers).

Ohio's Learning Standards

The education we provide our children impacts how they grow and become prepared for success in college or on the job. To improve that education, Ohio’s students are learning under standards in mathematics, English, science, and social studies.

The mathematics and English standards, also known as the Common Core State Standards, were originally developed collaboratively by teachers and other educators from Ohio, along with other states. Teachers and education leaders also worked together to develop Ohio-specific standards for science and social studies. The Ohio Department of Education is currently in the process of updating our standards in English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies and financial literacy. 

Ohio’s Learning Standards are designed to challenge and motivate our students, preparing them for success in college, on the job, and in life.