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Education is currently in a time of great change in our nation, in our state, and here in Fairfield. Many would say that the change is so great and so fast that it could actually be called a “transformation” to our educational system. In the 2014-2015 school year, every district in the state will have adopted and put into practice new learning standards for all students in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies for every grade level. These new learning standards are designed to help all of Ohio’s students be ready for whatever path they choose to take after high school – college or career.

The standards for language arts and mathematics are based upon a national movement called the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy. At this point, science and social studies standards have continued to be developed at the state level, and they reflect the same level of rigor and high expectation as the Common Core State Standards.

All of these subjects will be assessed by some type of online technology in the 2014-2015 school year, and our district’s local report card will reflect our students’ performance on these assessments. Our students are being asked to perform at higher levels than they have ever had to do before, and our teachers and administrators are working to ensure that all of our students have the skills and knowledge necessary to be prepared for this next generation of assessments.

In addition to the core areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies, Ohio has also created new standards for art, music, physical education, world language, business, special education, and career areas that will also be implemented in the years to come. This is truly a transformational time for the educational system across the state and here in Fairfield.

As parents in the Fairfield City School District, it is imperative that you take an active role in partnering with us to help your child reach this new level of expectation. This active role can take a variety of forms such as encouraging homework completion or participating in school events such as PTC meetings and parent conferences or making sure your child comes to school prepared to learn each and every day. We appreciate your dedication to your child’s success.

If you have any questions about Ohio’s new learning standards or any part of our instructional program, please feel free to contact the Curriculum and Instruction Department at (513) 858-7122.