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Ohio aims for better student results with more rigorous standards
MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2011 15:56 PM

Although Ohio's recently released 2010-2011 State Report Card indicated that schools continue to show signs of improvement, there are those who feel students can do even better.

For example, Stan Heffner, the state superintendent, said that Ohio students will face higher expectations in the coming years.

"We want to build on the strong academic progress we are making as we move to a more rigorous set of standards that will better prepare Ohio graduates to be college or career ready," Heffner said.

Over the course of the 2010-2011 academic year, the number of school districts that were ranked Excellent or Excellent with Distinction increased from 56 to 352. Furthermore, the strongest gains in state test results were in 3rd- and 8th-grade math, as well as 10th-grade writing.

On June 18, 2010, Ohio adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), according to the initiative's website. These curriculum changes will go into effect during the 2014-2015 academic year and will include the implementation of online assessments.

Thanks to the increased expectations that accompany the CCSS, Heffner said that Ohio students will be able to better compete with the rest of the world.