In June 2010, the State Board of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics, the results of a multi-state effort. The State Board also adopted more rigorous versions of Ohio's academic content standards in science and social studies. All four sets of standards will underpin teaching in Ohio classrooms by 2014-2015, but schools are encouraged to begin using the standards now to prepare students for corresponding assessments that begin in 2014-2015. In addition, between 2009-2012, the State Board of Education adopted updated standards in Visual Arts, Music, and Physical Education.
New Albany Plain Local Schools has undergone professional development to understand these standards as well as begin implementation of them into our curriculum. In order to better understand and communicate these standards to the teachers, students, and parents, the District Leadership facilitated the development of student-friendly, clear learning targets, a research-based strategy which supports student understanding of the lesson or unit purpose. Like any improvement process, the learning targets are subject to change over time in order to better meet the needs of students as well as raise the rigor and expectations for all students. The learning targets are not meant to be a stand-alone document but a tool to communicate and identify key concepts and levels of rigor in cooperation with the content standards. Together, these resources provide a clear pathway for teachers and students to understand the expectations for the grade level or course outcomes for achievement.