K-8 Critical Areas of Focus
Ohio’s Learning Standards for Mathematics include critical areas for instruction in the introduction to each grade, kindergarten through grade 8. The critical areas are designed to bring focus to the standards at each grade by describing the big ideas that educators can use to build their curriculum and to guide instruction. The grade-level introductions include at least two and no more than four critical areas for each grade. This document fits the grade-level clusters and standards under the Critical Areas of Focus for the same grade.
The purpose of the K-8 Critical Areas of Focus is to facilitate discussion among teachers and curriculum experts and to encourage coherence in the sequence, pacing, and units of study for grade-level curricula. Professional learning communities can use the following questions as examples to develop their grade-level curricula.
K-8 Learning Progressions
The concept of learning progressions was critical in the development, review, and revision of Ohio’s Learning Standards. Ohio’s learning progressions were
developed during Ohio’s international benchmarking project and provided guidance to the writing and revision committees of Ohio’s Learning Standards. Ohio believes that the concept of learning progressions is important for the understanding and coherence of mathematical topics within and across the grade levels. The Ohio Department of Education has reformatted Ohio’s Learning Standards by domains to show the progression of concepts and skills across the grade levels.
The K-8 Learning Progressions serve as a companion document to the learning standards; they do not replace them. Curriculum leaders and teachers can use this document to better understand the standards and to analyze where their curriculum fits within the progression of learning for their students.
All Call for State Assessment Committees The Ohio Department of Education is now accepting applications for participants to serve on assessment committees. Ohio’s educators, content specialists, parents, community members and other stakeholders play a vital role in creating valid and reliable assessments by serving on these committees.
CONTENT ADVISORY COMMITTEES
Content advisory committees review and evaluate test questions and related test materials to ensure that each question is a valid and appropriate measure of the Ohio Learning Standards for that particular subject area and grade level. These committees review all test questions to advise the Department on whether each question is aligned with Ohio’s Learning Standards, contains appropriate grade-level content, has the appropriate level of difficulty for the grade level, has correct and accurate content and is clearly written.
RANGE FINDING COMMITTEES
Every test has an ongoing rangefinding committee that meets after test questions undergo field testing. The committee members review scoring guidelines for test questions that are open-ended and require written responses or questions that use a rubric or set of parameters to score the question. These committees establish the range of acceptable responses, including no credit, partial credit and complete credit. They use sample student responses to help determine the range. Committee members will meet in late spring on dates that will be announced at a later time. For more information about each committee’s work and to apply to participate, click here.
These committees meet on an ongoing basis to review new test questions as they are developed. Committee members serve for multiple test development cycles before having to move off the committee to allow others to serve. The number and frequency of meetings depends on the volume of new test item development, but typically these committees meet once or twice annually, for two or three days per meeting.
These meetings will be held in Columbus, Ohio.
Please note the following:
- Meeting participants who are more than 45 miles from the meeting location, hotel accommodations will be provided.
- All eligible meeting participants will have the cost of substitute teachers directly reimbursed to school districts.
- All meeting participants will receive reimbursement for mileage within the state of Ohio ($.52 cents per mile).
- Meeting participants will receive a stipend of $75 per day if they will not receive payment from their employers for the dates of the meeting.
- Participants will receive expense forms and reimbursement guidelines at the meeting.
Be sure to specify content area and grade level of interest on the application.