Application Area B

Application Area B focuses on (1) the adoption of rigorous new standards, (2) the development of a new assessment system based on the use of multiple forms of assessments to monitor student progress and personalize instruction, and (3) the development of implementation supports to assist educators’ transition to the new standards and assessment system. View updates for this application area below.



  • PARCC Educator Leadership Cadre meeting October 8th through October 10th
  • Additional PARCC sample items were released

Model Curriculum

  • Career Connections component has been added to the K-12 continuum, and webcasts that address them are being developed.
  • Developed and recorded webcasts for English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies on the new learning standards.

High School-Higher Ed. Alignment

  • Focus group meetings are being scheduled and participants contacted.
  • High School-Higher Ed. Alignment meeting was held on November 15th with over 250+ participants

Formative Assessment Middle School (FAMS)

  • Margaret Heritage gave a webinar with coaches on October 9 focusing on classroom management when using formative assessment.
  • Karen Daugherty and Nancy Brannon presented sessions at the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics (10-18) and the State Conference (10-28 & 29); Seth Martin (Cohort 1) has presented at an ELA conference in Cincinnati (10-12); Seth presented at the Ohio School Improvement Conference in Columbus (10-17 & 18); and Seth presented at the State Conference (10-28 & 29).

Performance-based Assessments

  • Presented with teachers at OCSS and OSELC about the performance tasks in Social Studies and with Special Education students.
  • A sample task (with teacher’s guide and rubrics) for each of the four content areas is currently available on the iLearn Ohio site, accessible with the username and password posted on the OPAPP webpage. This information has been disseminated widely.
  • Scoring of final pilot and field test for high school is complete. Scoring for pilot elementary and field test elementary will be complete on December 19th. Middle school pilot tasks are in final stages of development. Pilot of these will begin on February 3rd, 2014.

Kindergarten Readiness Assessments

  • Field test concluded December 20 and field test and teacher survey data will be analyzed by vendor to finalize assessment tool. All teachers participating in field test have been trained and are logging into online reporting system. Field test assessment materials have been delivered to schools and assessment administration is beginning. Results from field test will be used to finalize K readiness assessment for statewide implementation in fall 2014.


What resulted from summer meetings with the Network of Regional Leaders?

  • The Network of Regional Leaders will serve as strategic partners to the Office of Curriculum and Assessment. The network is comprised of classroom teachers and ESC staff members who are experts in a particular field and have had experience presenting and facilitating professional development.
  • These individuals were chosen this past spring and came together this summer for training on the new Ohio Learning Standards and other projects related to their implementation.
  • This network will meet every other month with Executive Director of Curriculum and Assessment Ms. Sasheen Phillips and subsequently work out of their own regions. Their purpose is to provide support to those presenting professional development opportunities related to Application Area B at the state and regional levels advising ODE on implementation strategies within the classroom,.  These individuals are not paid and do not work for ODE.  Instead, they have made a commitment to work collaboratively with their ESC or with ODE in presenting at least 5 professional development opportunities during the 2013-2014 school year.

Are there any updates concerning performance assessments?

  • Performance assessment/instruction tasks will be available in early 2014 (Jan. Feb.) and housed at the ilearnOhio website until the Instruction Improvement System can host them. When available, they will come with training modules and support information for educators. These are not strictly assessment tasks but a combination of project based teaching/learning opportunities and assessments.

Are there any new updates to the Third Grade Guarantee?

  • ODE has posted the reading improvement monitoring plan and Third Grade Reading Guarantee Guidance manual for the review and consumption of stakeholders.  Additionally, ODE has developed guidance concerning the Mid-Year Promotion Policy as prescribed in law and posted it accordingly on the ODE website.  Reporting templates are being developed for the purpose of Teacher Staffing Plan updates and will be available in the late fall.
  • The reading competencies for teachers will be adopted by January, 2014

What are the most important components of Application Area B? 

  • Implementing the new standards is critical.  Districts and educators must keep sight of quality lesson design and high quality teaching strategies. The Department of Education Encourages LEAs to look through the “instructional lens” of moving vision of the standards into practice.

Anything else…?

  • ODE is currently working on the Graduation requirements and will be sending us out information on the latest draft very soon.


Three new documents on assessments and Ohio’s new learning standards (PDF downloads)


Curriculum Alignment

  • RttT and Non- RttT LEA’s should use the alignment toolkit on the ODE website when revising their curriculum.  The toolkit includes the revision document, curriculum mapping, and organization tools.
  • RttT LEA’s can submit to the collaboration center their revised curriculum maps and unit plans into the collaboration center beginning early 2013. ELA and Math are required social studies and sciences are optional but highly recommended.
  • In the coming months, ODE will provide more guidance to districts on curriculum revision submission.
  • Reminder: The review of the documents will be a one-time occurrence and not as detailed as the SOW or PD plan review. The goal is to help districts with a successful process of alignment and mapping.
  • The Model Curriculum does not serve as a revised curriculum. It is not fleshed out as an LEA’s curriculum must be. The alignment toolkit provides the key components required for a comprehensive curriculum.

PARCC – More Sample Test Items and High School Assessments

  • PARCC is working diligently to create the test, as more items become available they will be release, but PARCC is not planning to release additional items this year. Field testing will occur in the spring of 2013 and late 2013 school year.
  • The model content frameworks should be the focus, more so than the test items.  The model content frameworks better represent what will be addressed on the test.  The sample items are serving as examples of what to expect.
  • Practice test resources will be released closer to the implementation of the test in 2014-2015.
  • State- developed performance assessments, being developed through Rat, are for instructional purposes and will be available during the 2013-2014 school years. Our OPAP staff is working with PARCC as they design their performance assessments.
  • OGT will be replaced by the PARCC end of course and end of year exams in 2014-2015 as a part of the graduation requirements.
  • In 2013-2014, if funding is available, a nationally standardized assessment for college and career readiness such as a PLAN or PSAT will be administered in the fall of 10th grade FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY.
  • This year’s 9th graders are the last class to take the OGT. This year’s 7th graders will be the first class to take the full set of high school PARCC exams.
  • In the 2013-2014 school year, assessment training will be provided.
  • For technology questions, LEA’s should refer to the PARCC technology guidance document.
  • For the 2013-2014 school year, the OAA and OGT will be comprised of test items aligned to both the existing standards and the new learning standards.  The items will be drawn from the existing item bank for this transition year.  The questions have NOT be modified or edited in any way just chosen as those from the CURRENT bank that are aligned to both sets of standards.


Kindergarten Readiness Assessment—Literacy

Through Ohio’s Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge and Ohio’s Race to the Top K-12 grants, Ohio will improve its Kindergarten Readiness Assessment—Literacy and pre-kindergarten assessments.

The new expanded Kindergarten Readiness Assessment will be part of an Early Childhood Comprehensive Assessment System that includes a formative assessment for pre-K and K children and the expanded Kindergarten Readiness Assessment that will address the essential elements of school readiness including academics, social and emotional development, physical well-being and motor development.

The new assessments will be developed and piloted this school year and 2013-14.  In the interim, the existing Kindergarten Readiness Assessment—Literacy (KRA-L) will continue to be used. Beginning in the 2014-15, the new Kindergarten Readiness Assessment and formative assessments will be administered statewide.

Ohio is collaborating with the State of Maryland to develop the new assessments which will be used in both states.  Professional development and the technology infrastructure will support the administration and use of the assessment tools and resources to support children’s growth and progress.

Contact ODE’s Office of Early Learning and School Readiness,


ODE’s Professional Learning Series: Keys to Instructional Success
The Ohio Department of Education will offer Standards implementation support through a professional learning series on instruction. The series will include webinar(s), regional training, module work, and a summer academy. The professional learning series will address the key common instructional shifts for all subject areas and learners; specific instructional shifts within subject areas; include examples of model instructional units tied to the instructional shifts; and, provide opportunities for educators to evaluate and design high-quality instruction around the shifts. Click here for more information.

ODE’s New Learning Standards Video
ODE recently developed national and Ohio-specific videos on the New Learning Standards. ODE provides free downloads of the two dynamic videos which address the important new education standards that will blaze the path to better futures for America’s students. Suitable for presentation at teacher meetings, parent nights, PTA meetings, association conferences and community events, they can stimulate great conversation about why the standards are necessary and how classroom teaching and learning will change. ODE will also develop an awareness toolkit to accompany the videos which will include talking points and discussion questions.  Click here to view the videos.

ODE’s Academic Standards and Webpage
ODE will now begin calling its standards “Ohio’s New Learning Standards,” which are comprised of the Common Core state standards and the state revised standards. ODE has also modified its webpage to be more user-friendly. Professional development, resources and support are now accessible by content area, and the webpage also includes information on the Extended Standards for students with significant cognitive disabilities and assessment development.  Click here to view the updated webpage and resources.

PARCC Performance Level Descriptors – Public Review
PARCC is seeking feedback from the public on two draft policies related to its next generation assessment system:

  1. The PARCC policy for making college-ready determinations in English language arts/literacy and mathematics, and
  2. Draft policy-level performance level descriptors (PLDs) and general content-level PLDs for the PARCC assessments.

PARCC is seeking feedback from members of the public on both draft policies through September 21, 2012. Visit to take the survey.

3rd Grade Reading Guarantee

As part of Senate Bill 316, legislation was created to ensure all Ohio students are reading at grade level by the end of the third grade, called the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Starting with students entering the third grade in the 2013-2014 school year, all students must demonstrate a certain level of competency in reading before advancing to the fourth grade. Click here to view resources and tools for districts, educators and families.



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