Ohio and Cincinnati Public Schools have begun introducing new academic content standards for four subjects: English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. The new standards, which set out clearly what students should learn at each grade level, are begin phased into use in CPS' classrooms in advance of the 2014-15 school year, when state assessments will be aligned to the new standards.
The new standards fall into two categories:
- Common Core State Standards — English Language Arts and Mathematics
- Revised Ohio Standards — Science and Social Studies
The Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics were designed by educators from around the nation and offered to all states as a way to raise academic achievement as well as bring uniformity to what children learn in public schools. They were designed to be rigorous, robust and relevant, and to provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students should learn. Before the development of the Common Core Standards, each state created its own academic standards, so a public-school education often varied from state to state. Creation of the Common Core Standards was a state-led effort, with no federal government involvement. As of January 2012, 45 states had adopted the Common Core Standards; Ohio adopted them in June 2010.
To align with the launch of the Common Core Standards, the Ohio Department of Education revised and strengthened its existing standards in science and social studies. The new standards were also adopted in June 2010.
For additional information about the Common Core Standards, please select the link.
Paideia Teaching Philosophy (py-day-uh)
Paideia comes from the Greek word for "the upbringing of a child," meaning the process of educating children so they reach their potential and live successful lives. The development of good habits, grounded in the values of citizenship and leadership, is a fundamental part of this philosophy.
The Paideia method of teaching provides three forms of instruction:
- Didactic instruction enables students to get the facts by introducing them to concepts through listening, reading and observing.
- Coaching requires students to work with information learned in the didactic lessons by practicing and applying concepts under the guidance of Paideia-trained teachers.
- Socratic seminars use questioning that requires students to think critically. The seminar is excellent preparation for law school or fields that draw conclusions based on evidence.