Learning standards explain the knowledge and skills Ohio students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 need to have. Ohio’s Learning Standards emphasize skills like critical thinking and problem solving — qualities most sought by today’s employers. By teaching our students to apply these skills to what they are learning in school, we can make sure they are on track to graduate from high school and enjoy success in college, careers and life.
Ohio measures the performance of its schools based on how well students are progressing in gaining the knowledge and skills within the learning standards. We do this partly by measuring student performance on annual state tests based on the standards.
The State Board of Education has adopted learning standards in many areas: mathematics, English language arts, science, social studies, world languages, fine arts, technology, physical education and financial literacy. In 2016, the Ohio Department of Education started a process of updating all the standards over time.
Thus far, educators statewide helped the Department update the English language arts and mathematics standards, which the State Board adopted in February 2017. Currently, we also are updating the technology standards as well as those in science, social studies and financial literacy. Learn more on the Standards Revision page.