In the final days of August, the Ohio Department (ODE) of Education and the State Board of Education released their five-year strategic plan for education. It includes a state-level vision, a goal focused on high school graduates, four learning domains, ten priority strategies, and three core principles.
The bulk of the plan is a breakdown of the ten strategies that ODE and SBOE plan to use to achieve their declared goal. Although each of these strategies is worth studying in depth, there are three in particular—those that are aimed at improving standards, assessments, and accountability—that deserve a close look:
Strategy 4: Identify clear learning standards and guidelines that reflect all four equal learning domains.
Strategy 5: Move toward a varied system of assessments to appropriately gauge the four equal learning domains and allow students to demonstrate competency and mastery in ways beyond state standardized tests.
Strategy 6: Refine the state’s accountability system to be a fairer, more meaningful process that reflects all four equal learning domains.
Each of these strategies contains a reference to the “four equal learning domains:”
The key word, certainly implied...