Is Ohio ready for tougher Common Core standards?

FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) – Ohio’s Department of Education is doing field testing for its tougher Common Core standards that will be part of the state’s graduation and assessment tests starting next year.

As State Superintendent Dr. Richard Ross toured Fairborn’s Wright School Friday, we asked him about how that transition is going.

“Overall our initial applications of those field tests have been good,” Ross says.

Some like Springfield Schools Superintendent Dr. David Estrop, fear the tougher standards are too much too soon and set up students and schools for failure.

“We strongly support the Common Core,” Estrop says. “We’ve got to move the expectation levels higher, but what we’ve said is not overnight. Let’s slow this thing down.”

Already the Ohio House has passed a bill that would delay implementing the exams that will replace the Ohio Graduation Test but the Senate is still considering it.

We asked Ross if he thinks students are prepared for the higher standards.

“We have to have our higher learning standards,” Ross says. “There’s no doubt in my mind. Anyone who looks at our results knows we can’t have 40 percent of our high school students who need remediation when they go to college.”

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