From the Office of Curriculum & Instruction
Director, Jolene D. Reinhart
For the past two years, staff and students in Springfield have been immersed in the new Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, as well as the new Ohio Learning Standards for Sciences and Social Studies. Our ‘common language’ is developing and we invite our parents and community to join us in understanding this common language that will raise the learning bar for our students through rigor and an emphasis on thinking. The Ohio PTA has added an excellent new resource for all parents seeking to understand how they can best support their student(s) in each grade level with the Common Core Standards Parent Guides. You can find your child’s grade level and Common Core Standards here Ohio PTA Common Core. On the right hand banner you will find the Parent Guides for each grade level through high school. We hope you will utilize this resource to learn more about what your student is learning in class at Springfield!
To complement the new Ohio Learning Standards for all four core subjects, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Sciences, and Social Studies, Next Generation Assessments will be replacing our traditional OAA’s next year. PARCC has created the online assessments that students will be taking next year in grades 3 – 8 in English Language Arts and Mathematics. Ohio will also provide Next Generation online assessments for Sciences and Social Studies. You can learn more about PARCC and Next Generation Assessments here at PARCC Online. You can even take practice tests with your child. The left hand banner lists “Practice Tests” (PARCC Test Nav) where you can find practice tests for each grade level tested in English Language Arts and Mathematics. Simply click on the blue grade level button to be taken to the practice test items.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for working with your child(ren) and supporting him or her in the educational programming and academic achievement. It is our goal to maintain a strong partnership with all families so as to ensure our students have the strongest support system possible for experiencing self-awareness and success.
For contact information, you can always find me at Springfield Local Schools, Curriculum & Instruction!
I wish you a safe and joyful summer season filled with moments cherished with all of those who mean the most to you!
Jolene D Reinhart